In the beginning of last year, the world was set to face a wave of the novel Covid-19. Nobody expected a pandemic at a global scale that not only would impact the world economy, but would demand a change in the very lives of people. The unprecedented situation called for us to distance ourselves socially, stay indoors, work from home, and adapt to stricter hygiene routines. While we all physically struggled to adopt the new normal, there were numerous changes our minds experienced too. If the pandemic has taught us anything, focusing on only yourselves on a physical level and not paying heed to our mental state and emotional well-being can be catastrophic.
A good mental health leads to happiness, productivity, focus, and quality living. Here are some tips to improve your mental well-being during these tough times.
Consume news; don't let the news consume you: While we agree that staying well-informed is necessary, but not at the cost of your mental health. With so much happening in the world, watching the news can make you feel hopeless and upset. The images and stories shown on news channels can sometimes be presented in a dramatic way, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with so much to take in. Instead, try catching up on things that put you in a good mood, read a nice book, or watch your favorite rom-com instead.
Look after your body : Staying fit and healthy helps to improve your mental health too. Indulge in your favorite form of workout, step out, take a walk amidst nature, meditate, cook, and eat your favorite healthy recipes. Work on building immunity and perk up your physical health to stay mentally healthy.
Spend time with your close ones: COVID-19 protocols have made it essential for us to stay home, and all the social occasions like festivals, celebrations, parties, gatherings, tours, etc., are getting canceled. Lack of social contact can reflect poorly on our mental health. However, thanks to technology and social media, we can still be in touch with our close ones. Call up your best friends every once in a while, talk with your family and relatives, stay in touch with people who care about you, and feel free to discuss your worries and burdens with them. You need to make yourself believe that you are not alone in all this!
Start journaling : Keeping a journal is underrated. We are in times where meeting people or keeping in touch with people is not easy. It’s natural to feel alone, and our urges to share our thoughts are suppressed, becoming a burden. So here’s a simple trick: Try jotting down your thoughts in a journal, reflect on how you are feeling, things you are finding difficult, and, more importantly, things that bring you happiness. Journaling will surely help your mental health by making you feel liberated.
Focus on the brighter side : We understand how this overwhelming crisis can make you feel hopeless, and thinking positive is not easy. But just remember that there are good things in your life! Here’s a simple hack to staying in a good mood. Write down 5 things that made you feel good or happy every day, and read that list before bed. Make yourself know that all of this will pass and life is still good! Try shifting your mind from the negative thoughts, and focus on your good thoughts.
If you are feeling too down or having anxiety, don’t hesitate to talk with a therapist. It’s also a good idea to share your worries or thoughts with your friends or family who genuinely listen to you. The crisis we are facing is only temporary, and until it’s all over, let’s be there for each other and look after our mental health while we wait out the storm.