For many people, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant stress and anxiety, and managing your mental health is an important part of persevering through these uncertain times. Whether you’re socially distancing or in quarantine, it’s common to feel a bit off-kilter as the disruption to your routine and lack of regular social interaction settles in.
We’ve prepared some steps you can take to manage your mental health.
3 Ways to Manage Your Mental Health While Social Distancing
Reach out to Others
Stay in contact with friends and family. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to stay connected with the people you love. Whether it’s by phone call, FaceTime, or text message, finding a way to stay social and connected to others will curb feelings of isolation. Even something small, like a game of Scrabble or Chess played via phone app goes a long way to feeling more connected to those close to you.
For those looking for more than a way to stay in touch with friends and family: Find an online community to share your struggles with. It can be a powerful reminder that you’re not alone. Many others are also dealing with stress, anxiety, or loneliness. Finding a place to unselfconsciously vent your fears and anxieties unburdens our minds and allows us to look at potential positives.
Conversely, helping others cope with their stress also does wonders for our mental health as well. Reach out and offer support to those who may need it.
Maintain Healthy Habits
It’s important to stay disciplined and keep developing healthy habits. Poor diet, irregular sleep schedules, and consumption of alcohol will dysregulate your circadian rhythms and negatively affect your mental health.
Although your gym may be closed, it’s still possible to get a workout in at home. Plenty of calisthenics routines can be done at home and furniture can be creatively repurposed for resistance training.
Though the temptation to watch TV and scroll through social media may be strong, spending too much time on them can have a negative effect. Whenever possible, try to practice or learn a new skill; something that will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment.
It’s also a good idea to get outside. Even a short walk around the block can greatly improve our spirits. As long as health authorities permit it, go for a nature walk or jog through the forest. The benefits of exercise are well-documented and can help those feeling isolated and lethargic.
Reach Out To Professionals
Reach out to a mental health professional if your mental health is negatively affecting your daily life for several days or weeks. Check to see if your doctor’s office provides any tele-health options. HereToHelp has a list of resources that provide a mix of tele-health and apps that provide strategies to manage your mental health such as cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness meditation
Being confined to your home for an extended period of time can be extremely challenging. As hard as it might be, social distancing is vital to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We all have to do our bit to ensure we flatten the curve. With these tips in mind you can reduce stress, anxiety and boredom during isolation Remember, this will pass. It’s not forever.