Protecting Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Most of us understand the importance of looking after our mental health, and during these challenging times the issue has become even more pressing. To help yourself to ease feelings of stress and anxiety, try these six simple practices.
1 . Plenty of exercise
To protect your mental health, it’s vital to get enough exercise. When we lack exercise, our bodies may not produce enough endorphins, and consequently, we are more prone to feeling depressed. If you can, take walks amongst nature, whether in the woods or at the beach. Bike rides are another great way to exercise outdoors and boost your endorphin levels.
It may be the case that you cannot currently leave your home, either because you are in a vulnerable group, or because you are avoiding going out at this stage of the pandemic. In this case, ensure that you exercise at home either by fitness apps, online classes, or Youtube videos.
Creative activities are the perfect way to improve your mental health; these activities allow us to release emotions, experience a sense of achievement and learn new things. You may not view yourself as a creative person, but it’s never too late to try! Whether it’s cookery, drawing, painting, writing, or playing an instrument- challenge yourself and reap the self-care rewards.
When you are processing difficult emotions such as anxiety, journaling is an excellent way to unwind and get things off your chest. Talking to friends and family about our emotions is advisable, yet sometimes we just don’t feel like talking. During these times, writing down your feelings can help you to reflect and find clarity. You can use a simple notebook, or try the journaling app ‘Reflectly.’
- Stay in touch
Depending on the rules of your government and your personal circumstances, you may be unable to see your family and friends in person. It’s still important to keep in touch whether by video calls, voice messages, texts, or regular calls. Why not get creative and try an online quiz with a few friends via zoom or facetime? Or even virtual drinks? If you find that you have no one to talk to during this time, there are a few Covid-19 support groups available online.
- Natural remedies
If you are feeling stressed and anxious, there are several natural remedies you can try to improve your mood. CBD is made from one compound of the cannabis plant, it does not produce a high effect, but it does help one to feel relaxed. Herbal supplements like passionflower and valerian are also excellent as both a relaxation and sleep aid. With the right supplements you’ll naturally boost your well being. Before you take such supplements, check with your doctor, as herbal remedies may interact with conventional medication.
- Boost your immune system
When you are feeling stressed, it’s vital to boost your immune system to feel better. You can do this easily by eating plenty of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Focus on consuming lots of vitamin D, C, and E rich foods.
According to the CDC, there are several early signs of the virus that you should be aware of. It’s important to educate yourself so that you know when to begin self-isolation. These symptoms include a fever, a cough, and fatigue.