Stress has been a significant issue for many of us during the worldwide covid-19 pandemic. After all, when we aren’t worrying about getting sick, many of us are concerned about job security and the wellbeing of our loved ones. Fortunately, there are some tactics you can use to help take care of yourself and your mental health, despite the challenging situation in which we find ourselves right now. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Ditch the news and social media
It’s totally OK to take a break from staying up to date with every single aspect of the news if it’s stressing you out. The same applies to social media as well, as even the smallest issue can be magnified into a massive problem online.
Also, when you do access the news, be sure that you are reading reliable sources. After all, there are so many channels whose primary interest is to sell papers, and get shares online, rather than to relate the facts calmly and logically.
Take care of your body
Our physical and mental health are interlinked, and that means by taking care of your body, you can also feel better and make stress easier to deal with. With that in mind, be sure to practice activities such as yoga, square breathing, and get regular aerobic exercise sessions in as well.
It’s also a smart idea to get as much sleep as possible each night and limit any drug and alcohol use too. In fact, if you are feeling that you are struggling with the latter over quarantine, there are places like this residential inpatient rehabilitation center at Pathways that have spaces open right now that can help. Remember too that residential space, in particular, can be helpful for those stuck in quarantine with others that may endanger their progress.
Make use of technology
Boredom and isolation are both frequent experiences when it comes to Covid-19 quarantine. However, we do have unprecedented access to tech that can provide both connection and entertainment. With that in mind, be sure to schedule in some video calls with loved ones, and find something new and uplifting to add to your TV watch list.
Acknowledge your fears
A great deal of the suffering that comes from anxiety and stress is that we fight the experience of having it. We feel as if we shouldn’t, that we don’t deserve it, or that we can’t cope if we do feel anxious.
The truth is, however, that this is not the case. Everyone has anxiety in response to a stressful situation, and 2020’s pandemic certainly qualifies as that! Additionally, you are not weak for having anxiety; it’s just a part of the human experience.
To that end, it can be beneficial to note down what it is specifically, that you are anxious about. You can even do this with anxious thoughts as they enter your mind. The idea is not to push them away, but instead, let them be there, and allow your anxiety to fall on its own, something that can prevent you from entering an inescapable cycle of stress.
How have you taken care of your mental health during covid? Let me know in the comments below!