Coronavirus or COVID-19 is one of the worst pandemics we have seen to date. Of course, we have read about a few in our history books, but with us living in such a tech-savvy world, we never realized that it could hit us in this day and age. But here we are. To avoid this disease from spreading, we must stay put in our houses as that’s the only way we can stay safe. Now although staying at home sounds like an easy-peasy option, it isn’t, for many of us. Read here some mental health tips to help you keep your calm during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Did you know? According to a Cosmo poll, almost 52 percent of millennial women who already have an ongoing battle with mental health say that their condition has worsened due to the recent global pandemic, known as the COVID-19. But that’s not all, it was also reported that women who never dealt with anxiety before seem to have developed it now. And, depression, loneliness, and stress also have made its way into people’s lives.
The world seems like a chaotic place today. With all that’s going on, even doing your simple chores, concentrating on work, or enjoying your free time feels like a burden sometimes. And then, there are times when staying at home and not being able to step out feels claustrophobic. Every day, anxiety makes its way in, little by little. But don’t you worry. We bring you mental health tips to help you keep your calm during this unprecedented event.
Don’t Let That Loneliness Bug Bite You
Loneliness can truly take a toll on you. So, if you are someone who stays alone, then make sure you are connected to your near and dear ones. In fact, even before you begin your work, you can have a quick meeting with your co-workers. This will not only help you feel less alone, but it will also help you start your work on a happy note, which will only enhance productivity.
Technology has made it easier for us to stay connected even without physically being present with each other. Video call your friends and family when you start to feel like things are getting too tough. This will help reduce your anxiety and prevent loneliness. And finally, communicate with yourself. Don’t bottle up your feelings. Talk to yourself and start a journal if you feel that might help. Remember, you are not alone. Almost everyone is going through the same thing. If you feel nothing is helping you, don’t hesitate to try online therapy. And stay strong.
Don’t Be A News Junkie
Most of us are guilty of taking in too much of what’s going on. So, if you are someone who has anxiety or shown symptoms of it in the last few days, then, limit your news intake. Trying to stay informed continuously isn’t the best solution. Therefore, take it easy. Avoid the fresh burst of information every day and never consume it in the morning. Saturation can make you extremely anxious. And, even after the pandemic, keep your news intake to a minimum. This truly helps.
Staying Calm Requires Effort
What makes you stay calm? It’s a question that we all need to ask ourselves. For some, it is watching cooking videos on YouTube while for some meditating does the trick. So firstly, you need to figure out what relaxes you. But before that, even if you are stuck at home, following a healthy lifestyle is the first step. Meditate, practice mindfulness, exercise, eat a balanced meal and make sure that you enjoy a good night’s sleep. These habits will go a long way in helping you keep your calm.
Once you start practising these habits regularly, its then time to try new things to help you remain calm. Some mental wellness tips to help you relax include;
- Simple deep breathing exercises
- Visualize your happy place
- Listen to music
- Journal it
- Talk to your loved ones about it
- Spend time with your pets
- Go be with nature
- Eat good food
Keep Yourself Happy
Do more of what makes you happy, like cooking a new recipe, watching a new TV show, or even pampering yourself with face mask, do whatever tickles your fancy. The trick here is to do one such activity every day. Weave it into your daily routine, however, it’s possible. The next time you feel extremely stressed out, you can remember how good this made you feel and can try something similar to stimulate happy thoughts. Some of the ideas you can try are;
- Sing a song
- Write poetry
- Write a letter to your future self
- Learn something new, a language, instrument, anything
- De-clutter your home
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Eat a piece of dark chocolate
- Spend time with your furry friends
Sticky Note it!
The idea behind this trick is to remind you to stay grounded. You can write a few phrases that you feel will help you and leave them around your home. It can be sticky notes or even pieces of paper placed on your regular spots. Some of the phrases you can use are;
- It’s okay to feel what you are feeling. This too shall pass.
- Breathe in relaxation, breathe out tension.
- I have everything I need for a happy life.
- I am safe.
- I am in control of my emotions.
- My mind is now clearing of all the stress.
Keep It As Normal As Possible
If you are someone who is working from home then mirroring the daily routine you once had can help you relax and avoid anxiety. So, try following your regular working hours with short breaks, eat a yummy lunch to lift your spirits, and don’t work on your bed. Instead, try to sit on a proper desk and chair when you are working and if you don’t have those, have a dedicated space for your work. Resist the urge to do household chores during your office hours and don’t start work at odd hours. Maintain as much normalcy as you can.
Change The Way You Socialize
Just because you live alone and are stuck in a lockdown doesn’t mean you cannot spend time with your friends. While shopping online, you can share your screens with each other and discuss every step of the way just like you would normally, or you can stay on a video call with your friend while both of you are binge-watching your favourite series. These are also board games, which you can play online, so the family night can go on even during the lockdown. Basically, at times like this, make the most of technology and come up with creative ideas to stay connected to your loved ones.
We really hope these mental health tips for coping with covid-19 help you. Stay healthy and happy y’all.
Writer. Feminist. Ambivert. Prefers animals and good books to humans!