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How to Keep a Stable Mental Health Due to the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

In the year of 2020, the world was rattled with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which bought a lot of death and destruction with itself. The governments from several countries were forced to impose lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. The public places such as malls, parks, theatres and schools were shut down indefinitely. People were forced to stay inside their homes and were prohibited from organizing or engaging in public activities such as parties and weddings. People were literally cut off from each other and did not know when they would get to see their loved ones next.

All of this brought about a huge lifestyle change in the lives of several people across the world with some people losing their jobs while the others living in perpetual fear of losing theirs as the businesses went kaput. Two years hence, the world is still grappling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic especially the one on mental health. Research has pointed out that that there has been a staggering growth in the number of people who have reported symptoms of stress, fear, anxiety, depression and insomnia since the start of the pandemic. The uncertainty related to the pandemic has caused a lot of people to feel anxious, sad and lonely.

Because of the above mentioned reasons, it is important to realize the important of mental health and implement simple health care strategies that can go a long way in keeping our minds healthy and happy. Listed below are a few simple steps that you can take for your mental and physical health that will help you to take charge of your life.

  • Take care of your physical body. Eat healthy and nutritious food which are a part of a balanced diet. Avoid junk food and caffeine. Stick to a proper sleeping schedule and get enough sleep. Indulge in regular physical activity such as dance or yoga. Physical activity is known to help improve the mood.
  • Try and set aside some time for yourself each day. Even a few minutes of some quiet time can help you to recharge your mind and decrease anxiety. Relax yourself completely during this time. Take a bubble bath, listen to some music, catch up with a friend or read a book. Indulge in something you like regularly and do it every day.
  • Gradually develop a daily routine and follow it every day. Have a consistent time for meals, study or work schedule and exercise along with a particular time to indulge in your favourite activity. The predictability of a routine can make you feel more in control of your life.
  • Avoid over exposing yourself to the media especially when it comes to the news. Limit your screen time. Unnecessary information can heighten your fears and anxiety regarding the pandemic. Also, stay away from social media where false information regarding the pandemic can spread like wildfire generating a sense of panic.
  • Keep yourself busy with something constructive such as playing a game, reading a book, cooking, making a craft etc. Keeping your mind focused on something will allow you to keep negative thoughts at bay. Try and train your mind to focus on the positive such as maintaining a journal about the things you are grateful for and make an effort to accept the changes as they happen.
  • Help the people around you, especially the ones in need. Helping others will boost your self-confidence. It doesn’t have to be something big. An email or text to check on your family and friends if they are doing okay. Ask your neighbours if they need anything like medicines or groceries and get it for them when you step out. Talk to people who are quarantined in the home or hospital and give them words of strength.
  • If you are feeling down in the doldrums for a long time, don’t ignore it. Seek the advice of a mental health professional to help you get through these difficult times.

Jolie Andre

I am trying to address mental stability due to the ongoing pandemic. Positive reset is one of the places for getting your issues resolved that could be for anxiety, depression or mental health. We might have to start living with this endless pandemic and should find ways to cope up with stress.

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