Since March 2020, the world has been experiencing an extreme global transition that had not been seen since 1918. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant shifts in our economy, education, and socialization due to government-regulated quarantines and lock-downs.
The full impact of these universal changes has still yet to be seen but what is evident is how social isolation and employment changes have affected us on a personal and psychological level. Now more than ever, it’s essential to exercise self-care through five ways to improve mental health during the pandemic.
Cut down on your ‘need to know.’
The lockdown has severely limited our interactions with people, leaving us with devices that provide us with information instead of genuine social connections. This means that we are constantly exposed to news and opinions that are not always relevant or valuable. By reducing your need to stay informed, you can cut back on ever-changing data that may be discouraging. Instead, prioritize info that positively adds to your life.
Stay in touch with close friends and family.
While many of us cannot physically see or touch our loved ones, we can still stay connected through phone calls and videoconferencing software, such as Zoom. Knowing some people genuinely care for our well-being and who support us during these challenging times can significantly boost our mental well-being.
Develop healthy, daily routines around the house.
If you are stuck working from home or need to remain in quarantine, this is an excellent opportunity to create daily routines that you may have otherwise never considered. Start your morning with a brisk walk or an online yoga class. Or take breaks throughout the day and enjoy pleasurable activities such as an afternoon nap or a phone call with a friend.
Go inward with meditation and breath work.
If you can’t go out, then go inward! Meditation and breath-work are excellent for addressing feelings such as anxiety and depression, and there is no better time to hone these skills. Whenever you are faced with challenging emotions, try harnessing the power of your breath or turning your focus away from oppressive thoughts that can damage your mental health.
Express yourself with uplifting language.
The words we use have a powerful impact on how we see ourselves and the world. By choosing words that have a negative connotation (such as ‘if,’ or ‘but’ or even ‘should’), we are subconsciously entering into a destructive mindset full of doubts and worries. Instead, become more mindful of the words you choose to offer a more optimistic and positive outlook.
Currently, many things are out of our control as a result of the pandemic. Frustration, fear, and despair are natural reactions to this global situation, and it’s normal to experience these emotions. But by using these five ways to improve your mental, you can create a healthier perspective that will benefit you during this challenging time.