COVID-19 Mental Health Tips
COVID-19 caused increased anxiety and distress due to the virus itself and other factors such as, isolation. There are ways to improve mental health during this time.
Limit social media use
Increased amount of time at home could potentially mean increased social media usage, including those releasing the news. While it can be beneficial, it can affect mental health. Overexposure to information relating to the pandemic can result in increased anxiety. It’s helpful to reduce your intake of pandemic- related information by only seeking it out a maximum of once or twice day by using creditable sources.
Maintain your routine
A daily routine such as: going to sleep and waking up at a similar time each day, exercising, putting aside specific times to relax, eating and maintaining personal hygiene. Continuing these factors can increase purpose and motivation and improve overall well-being.
Do something for you
Keeping busy improves mental health. A new skills can create a sense of purpose. Try a baking class, cooking, signing up for an online course, or learning a new language, using your time to take up something of interest to you can keep the mind active and focused.
Ask for help
Professional help may be necessary if you have an existing mental health condition that has been exacerbated by COVID-19, or, perhaps, you are developing new anxiety.
Emotional support can be supported. Many medical provided are operating in different ways through the pandemic, such as through telephone or video.
Regular exercise has been found to improve not only physical health but also mental health too. Indoor and outdoor activities can help you remain active and safe during the pandemic.
It is important to reach out to others to prevent isolation. Use technology to your advantage and try to communicate with your family members and friends who might be unable to see you face to face. Being more connected and having the opportunity to discuss any potential worries is essential during a crisis. Online groups can be helpful to gain support.
Mindfulness is the practice of observing what is occurring both inside and outside of ourselves, moment by moment. This makes us increase our thoughts, feelings, and the external environment in the present can improve mental well-being. Guided exercises can be downloaded to take a person through the exercises.