Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19
COVID-19 caught all of us by surprise and has forced us into a modified lifestyle that can be hard to manage. Everyone has been impacted differently and there is a lot of concern, anxiety and stress surrounding our world today. So, how do you manage your mental health, balance expectations, and make the most of social distancing? Here are some tips to make the most of COVID-19 and put your best mental foot forward!
Note: Before I give you my tips, I just want to preface this guide by acknowledging that everyone copes differently, and my strategies are not better nor worse than your own. The most important thing is that you find methods that work for you and make you feel better in your body and mind!
- Make a schedule that works for you
- Get your body moving
- Find your fulfillment
- Learn something new
Challenging your brain and your cognitive functions is as important as keeping your body healthy. This helps you to get stronger mentally and can be a great way to manage your time during quarantine. Personally, I am learning to play guitar. It is challenging but provides me with a much-needed distraction if I am feeling overwhelmed and helps to give me some joy when I start to see growth.
- Stay connected
Just because we are social distancing, does not mean you need to feel isolated from your friends and family. My mental health greatly benefits from the support of my social group. Luckily, we live in an era of technology and people are truly just a phone call away, so make sure you utilize it. Also, coming up with fun ways to stay connected can help ease the loneliness. Have a trivia video call night, or social distance meet up on a nice day. There are tons of ways to stay connected! I know it can be easy to curl up into your own bubble (I am definitely guilty of that) but the little bit of effort it takes to stay in touch will make you feel a lot better.
- Games, crafts, recipes, oh my!
This has been my favourite part of COVID-19 (if that is a thing), there are so many fun things I've always wanted to try or DIY and now I have some time to do so. I’ve learned to bake bread, started baking really fun cakes, tie dyed literally everything in my closet, and started some home makeover projects. They may be time killers, but they keep me busy, engaged in my day, and add some joy to this whole ordeal. It can be difficult to stay positive, but small things make a difference.
Remember to always check in with yourself. I have found doing either a morning or evening check-in or meditation session has helped me to remain present, understand where my mental health is that day, and implement strategies to manage myself better if need be. You have the power to make this situation a positive one and I hope some of these tips work for you!