Mental Health and Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought many changes to your lifestyle, complemented by uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial burden, and social isolation. You may worry about getting sick, losing your job, and what the future holds. With so much uncertainty surrounding us, your life can easily feel out of control.

Due to these occurrences, you may experience stress, anxiety, fear, depression, and loneliness. 

Research has shown a major increase in the number of U.S. adults who have reported adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Many with pre-existing mental health issues have reported experiencing immensely worse circumstances. People with substance use disorders have likely increased their abuse of drugs and alcohol.

In light of all the aforementioned affairs, it is essential to learn and implement self-care strategies, and also get the help you need.

 

6 Self-Care Strategies

1. Limit the Amount of News You Watch 
Yes, it is important to stay informed, but at times, the constant flow of news stories can be overbearing. Over time, the stories can cause unhappiness, disappointment, and anxiety. 

Rather, make time to watch something enjoyable. Perhaps there’s a movie on Netflix you’ve been wanting to watch. Maybe you can revisit your favorite sitcom, like Friends.

The main point is to ensure you do not go through information overload. Give your mind the recuperation it needs.

2. Care for Your Body

Physical and mental health are intimately connected. To maintain your mental health, you should also maintain your physical health.

This includes a healthy diet, quality rest, regular exercise, and avoiding excessive alcohol use.

3. Connect with Others

Social distancing has drastically changed our social lives and the way we interact with others. However, it is important to stay in touch with those important to you.

Video chat programs like Zoom have been great methods during this pandemic to stay connected with family and friends.

4. Have Fun

We understand that the pandemic has prevented you from doing some things you normally do for fun. But don’t allow these circumstances to put aside the things you love to do.

Adhering to the correct guidelines, of course, find ways to do the things you find enjoyable. This can also be a great opportunity to do the things you’ve always wanted to try. Learn how to cook your favorite dish or cut your own hair, for instance!

5. Meditate

Studies have shown that meditation relaxes both your body and mind. All you need is a quiet location, a comfortable position, and an open mind. 

If it’s your first time, try guided meditation to get you started. There are plenty of options right on YouTube.

6. Speak with a Counselor

There are plenty of certified mental health counselors accessible to you. If you feel you are in need of some guidance, never hesitate to take responsibility for your health and reach out.

If their offices are closed due to the pandemic, many offer virtual meetings. 

Mental health is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take time to care for yourself, and let’s overcome this battle together.