Today, maybe more than ever people are at risk of mental health break downs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From being on a countrywide lockdown to being forced to quarantine, some people will understanding have a hard time managing their mental health right now.
We are all suffering due to this pandemic and it’s so important to keep our mental health in check. There are several options when it comes to taking care of your mental health.
Some of those options include virtual sessions with mental health counselors, psychologists, talking about your feelings, having a healthy diet, meditation, and much more.
In other words, there is a ton of things you can do to make this hard time a little less stressful.
Mental health awareness is crucial at this time because current statistics suggest that most people will experience a mental health problem due to coronavirus pandemic.
Not to mention poor mental health is one of the leading causes of domestic violence in families, it affects both parents and children.
It is critical to know how to manage poor mental health during quarantine periods. We are all unique and should have an action plan that works best with our personality or diagnosis.
With that being said, here are the most common ways to manage your mental health during this rough time.
Tips to Manage Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic
Here are some useful strategies to help a person to manage and control their mental Health during a pandemic.
Meditation can be one of the best ways to calm your mind and remove negative thoughts. Having a negative thought process can increase the deterioration of your mental.
Meditation is all about quieting your thoughts and being one with yourself. Start by setting aside a specific time frame to meditate. Find a quiet place and focus on your breathing.
If your mind should begin to wander, it’s okay, just gradually focus your thoughts back on your breathing. It may take a few tries but keep at it!
You will begin to notice how calming mediation and life changing the art of meditation can be.
Mental health conditions can be affected by the status of a person’s physical body. Eating nutritious foods, physical activity, and a little pampering can improve both your physical and mental state.
Even during a pandemic, it is important to take the time out to take care of your self. A relaxing bubble bath, a facial or even a well prepared healthy meal. Just spoil yourself in the simple things. It gives a subliminal message to yourself that you matter, no matter the situation.
Not to mention, a killer diet and skincare routine will give you more confidence in your physical appearance. Which can have a significant effect on a person’s mental and emotional health.
Although it can be a little difficult to include any form of exercise during stay home order, it is always possible to dedicate at least 20 to 30 minutes to physical activity.
Get up early and walk around the block or pull up a workout video on Youtube. Physical activity during quarantine isn’t as hard as you think. The goal is to get your blood flowing!
That can be as easy as doing a dozen squats and crunches in your basement!
Reducing the amount of takeout and junk food you consume can help with your physical and mental energy.
Healthier options should be adopted to maintain energy levels. By regularly eating a nutrient-rich diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and wheat products, you can significantly increase your mental and physical being.
Mental health has a direct correlation with whether or not you value yourself. Self-depreciation leads to a deplorable state of mind, and therefore it is necessary to begin to see yourself in a better light.
Start with self-love quotes or affirmations every day. Look in the mirror and remind yourself that you are the shit! (Yes, even in a pandemic, girl you are freaking flawless!)
Understanding that you matter and acknowledging that daily will help in more ways than one. So make sure you embrace yourself, the good and the bad. It’s all good because its what makes you- YOU!
Daily Goal List
It is always good to plan and maintain a to-do list every day. Or as I like to call it, a daily goal list. Without prioritizing and emphasizing important tasks, you run the chance of can drain all energy and enthusiasm.
Planning can ensure that none of the crucial tasks are missed and that everything is accomplished on time. Make a checklist of goals to complete for the day.
Hold yourself accountable, but also don’ stress out if you don’t get the chance to complete everything on your list. There is always tomorrow!
Avoid Drugs and Other Addictions
One way to improve your mental health often begins by giving up your harmful addictions.
Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, and other addictive substances create a situation in which you become dependent on them to maintain your state of mind.
It is important to detach yourself from these substances. It can also weakness your immune system. During this global pandemic you want you should want your immune system to be as strong as possible.
Take Short Breaks
You may feel exhausted if you stay in your house all day dealing with kids and work.
To feel rejuvenated, take regular breaks after an hour or two, take a short walk to relax.
Staying home doesn’t be you have to be glued to your computer all day.
Research has shown that negative thinking consumes energy and can increase your sensitivity to certain diseases.
Trying to be more optimistic does not mean ignoring anything unpleasant, but instead focusing on the positive elements of a given situation.
At a time when it seems that all we hear is bad news. Try to keep your thoughts consumed with as many happy and motivating thoughts as possible.
Get Enough Rest
Sleep is incredibly important, as lack of sleep can increase your number of health risks. It can be hard to get a peaceful rest when you are worried about a pandemic.
For a better night’s sleep, try to go to bed at the same time regularly. Relax with a warm bath, and don’t bring your work to bed with you.
Allow that to be your time for your body to unwind and let go of the stress of the day.
Every person needs to feel supported, valued, and connected. You support system will help you feel this way.
By developing a strong support network, you will have people you can trust to help, support, and encourage you through this time of hardship. Call your friends or send a video chat. Even a text message can go a long way.
Remember, of course, that this is a two-way process and that you are just as meaningful to your support system as they are to you.
We know in some climates its not always easy to get in the sun. However, it is suggested that 10 to 15 minutes of daylight can help improve your mood.
Why not try a brisk walk at midday? If you need something from the store try riding your bike there instead of driving.
Allow your body to soak up the sun every day. Especially with us all being on a stay at home orders. Sunlight and fresh air are needed now, more than ever.
Treatment and Lifestyle
Alternative treatments can be used as well, like medication prescribed by your health care provider or a complete change of your lifestyle.
This means sticking to your treatment plan as carefully as possible, staying away from alcohol and drugs, and following a healthy lifestyle that includes foods that can benefit your brain, including omega-3, a type of fish oil that normally occurs in some high-fat fish.
When you take care of your mental health, you are also able to address some of the chronic illnesses poor mental health can cause.
Risk factors for mental illness:
Chronic diseases and health problems.
Disease-causing dementia (Alzheimer’s disease)
Change of environment
Loss of loved ones or loved ones with illnesses.
Alcoholism or drug addiction
Bad diet or malnutrition
In It Together
We know it can be super stressful right now. Everyday is a challenge, I mean, seriously, none of us know what to expect right now.
Just know this- managing your mental health during this pandemic is key to getting through it. Feed yourself love and take each day as it comes.
We may be separated right now but we are not alone! Stay strong babe! Use these tips, wash your hands, stay home and keep being the kick-ass woman you are!