The current COVID-19 situation is starting to wind down for the time being. However, many doctors and researchers around the globe are predicting the second run of it later during the winter months, which may mean another round of stay-at-home orders. For many, the current quarantine requirements have been difficult and caused all kinds of mental health issues. Whether the loss of work or the separation from friends and family, it has been tough for a number of people. To assist, here are 10 tips on how to keep mental health problems at bay during COVID-19.
1. Healthy Eating
Try to focus on healthy eating. Because you might not be moving around as much it can be difficult to burn off the excess calories, so you’ll want to focus on cutting the unnecessary calories this way. Plus, unhealthy foods have a way of weighing you down and making you feel blah. Healthy foods have the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to keep you feeling good while boosting your mood.
2. Maintain a Routine
It’s easy to fall out of any sort of routine due to work closures and not being able to do what it is you normally enjoy. However, try your best to maintain a routine. Wake up, shower, go for a walk, do yoga, and follow a similar routine. This will help add some normalcy to your life, which is important in times like these.
You can’t go to the gym, which for many is a lifeline and helps avoid mental health problems. However, there are other ways you can get your heart pumping and blood flowing. Going for a walk does help, but ideally, you’ll want to elevate your heart rate, so try to go for a bike ride, or follow along with a workout video online. There are plenty of great ones available for free. So do what you can and you’ll begin feeling better in no time.
4. Talk To a Friend
You’re not alone in this. There are plenty of others around you who are struggling with the same situation. Make sure to stay connected and to call when needed. Don’t simply rely on texting. You need to have a more physical connection, and texting takes all human elements out of it. With a phone call at least you can hear the person. You can also do video chats as well. Just try to stay connected.
5. Learn Something New
When you focus on learning something new you’ll take your mind off of the current situation. Maybe it is a new hobby, or it is a new language. If you have added time on your hand this will help give you a new skill while also acting as a distraction during the downtime of the day.
6. Talk With Your Counselor
If you have a counselor or therapist they likely are not conducting video sessions. Try to maintain these sessions as often as you did prior to the quarantine situation. This will help not only maintain your schedule but give you an outlet for any issues you’re currently dealing with.
7. Remove Alcohol Consumption
Avoid alcohol. It is an easy pit to fall into during these times, but alcohol is a depressant and it won’t help your mental state. So try to avoid alcohol at these times.
8. Get Some Sunlight
Vitamin D is helpful in boosting your immune system. It’s also helpful in boosting your mood. Perhaps this is going for a walk. Or maybe it’s simply sitting outside on your porch. There are all kinds of ways you can get outside. You should also try to bring in natural light from windows.
Take a few minutes a day and spend it focusing on yourself and meditating. Even if you haven’t done this in the past it is something you should try to get into now. Focusing your thoughts for this short time is especially helpful.
10. Remind Yourself Things Will Get Better
The current situation will not last forever. Remind yourself of this.
2020 has been a unique year. With everything going on it can lead to an assortment of mental health problems if you’re not careful. These are just some of the helpful tips to keep in mind in order to help keep mental health problems at bay. You can use these tips during COVID-19 and at other times throughout the year. Just know you are not alone, and if you ever are in need of help make sure to reach out and contact friends, family, or staff members at the EZCare Clinic.
EZCare Clinic is here to assist you. If you have questions about mental health or are interested in talking to a professional the team at EZCare Clinic is here to lend a helping hand. So feel free to send the clinic an email or book an appointment directly through the website.