It isn’t exactly shocking that a lot of us have experienced a decline in our mental health since the coronavirus outbreak first began back in March. Lockdowns, quarantining, isolation and social distancing are all components of this pandemic that have caused many of us to feel confused, alone, frustrated and scared, all of which are feelings that can certainly hinder someone’s mental health.
Taking into consideration the way things are going in terms of COVID-19 and a recent surge in cases globally, I would wager that a lot of us are concerned about the near future and the potential for another lockdown. While we really don’t know what is to come, we are able to prioritize our mental health and improve it with a few techniques in the meantime. This information comes from The University of Rochester Medical Centre website.
- “Stay in touch with family and friends. Maintaining relationships is good for your mental health.
- “Give yourself time to adjust to major life changes.
- “Keep busy with mentally stimulating activities … explore new interests like learning another language.
- “Consider getting a pet. A pet can be a wonderful companion. Pet owners get more exercise and have more social contact than those without a pet.
- “Exercise. Take a walk or ride a bike. Exercise improves how you feel mentally, as well as physically.
- “Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can contribute to depression. Try to get as much sleep as you need. Although we often say that a person needs about 8 hours of sleep per night, this is only an average number. Some people find they need more. It’s important that you find out for yourself how many hours you need for restful, restorative sleep.
- “Practice optimism and good humor. A positive attitude and laughter boost your mood. Spend time with people who make you laugh. Rent funny movies,” the website explains.
Taking action when it comes to boosting mental health is easier said than done, but the practices listed above are relatively easy to adapt to. Give some of them a chance and see what works best for you.