Quarantine and isolation can be challenging for us all, especially when the future seems to be uncertain. Most of us are at home and probably itching to go out, meet with friends, go to work, or even pamper yourself in your favorite salon! I totally understand. But, taking a break from all these things can actually improve your mental well-being.
The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about this pandemic can cause anyone to feel worried. Let’s not forget to take care of our mental health, too! Remember, it’s okay to feel what you’re feeling right now.
Here are a few tips to help you cope in the days ahead:
1. If it bothers you, avoid negative news.
Lessen listening to news that may make you feel anxious or distressed. At this time, not everything we see on the media is beneficial. Seeing bad news can induce panic attacks and increase anxiety.
Try taking a break from the news and when you do see one, do a fact check! There is so much stress related to reading fake news.
2. Be mindful.
Mindfulness works wonders. Take time to be mindful and ground yourself with this technique.
If you are ever feeling anxious, assess how you are feeling, look around the room, and try to identify:
5 things that you can see
4 things that you can hear
3 things that you can touch
2 things that you can smell
1 thing that you can taste
3. Be empathetic.
With the situation right now, the most important thing is to be kind. Help others if you can and be more understanding. Let us all be less judgemental and have each other’s back for support. Acknowledge your privilege and use it to help those in need.
4. Eat healthy, stay hydrated, and exercise.
Take care of your physical health especially in times like these where we need to be at our healthiest state. In doing so, your mental health will also benefit! By eating more veggies, fruits instead of junk, exercising, and drinking lots of water, we are able to help ourselves to have a healthy lifestyle while on lockdown.
5. Be present.
Take the opportunity to be with and care for your loved ones. During this lockdown, make the most of the time with your family and friends!
Now is the time to catch up with your friends, but not physically of course. You can be present and let them know you’re always there even if you need to be apart for some time. If you are ever feeling anxious, talk to someone you trust.
It may seem too simple because we do this every single time, but hey, everything that’s happening right now can be overwhelming. Don’t forget to BREATHE! Try doing counting exercise, 5 seconds inhale, hold for 4 seconds, and release for 5 seconds. Simple breathing exercises can go a long way!
As we stay indoors avoiding the virus, it is still important to enjoy nature! Maybe sit down on the porch, garden, or garage and breathe with the nature.
7. Do something productive.
Maybe few weeks ago, you promised to redecorate your room, or organise your closet. Now is a good opportunity to do that! Use this time to catch up on the books you said you were going to read. Doing something productive while on a lockdown can actually make you feel a little better.
There’s so much emotional turmoil one can experience because of this situation. Instead of unhealthy coping mechanisms, try to explore your creative side! Simple drawing activities, painting, making music, or dancing can help express yourself. Not only are we able to enhance our skills, but also create wonderful things.