The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is ongoing, and uncertainty surrounding the crisis is causing stress and anxiety levels to rise globally. With the right approach to mental wellness, you can keep your stress and anxiety in check until the pandemic passes.
There are many things you can do to help manage your mental health during the coronavirus quarantine, such as:
1. Practice Mindfulness Activities
Yoga, deep breathing exercises, meditation, and other mindfulness activities may help relieve stress and anxiety. In addition, you can download mindfulness apps on your smartphone and tablet, so you can practice mindfulness activities from the comfort of home.
2. Connect with Family Members and Friends
Set up regular times to chat with loved ones via phone or video chat. This helps you stay connected to family members and friends, so you can support one another throughout the pandemic.
3. Go for a Walk
Social distancing is encouraged to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, but you can still go outdoors. If you go for a walk, practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of physical space between yourself and others. You should also wear a cloth mask any time you go outdoors during the pandemic.
4. Take a Break from the News
If you feel overwhelmed by 24/7 coronavirus news, take a break from it. Instead, you can watch a soothing TV show or movie, read a book, or enjoy other activities that can help you take your mind off the pandemic.
5. Avoid Alcohol and Drugs
Substance abuse can cause physical and mental health problems. If the coronavirus pandemic feels like too much to handle, avoid excess alcohol consumption or drug use. Conversely, go for a walk, exercise, or find a safe, healthy alternative to alcohol and drugs to help alleviate stress and anxiety during the pandemic.
6. Eat HealthyRecipes
Use the pandemic as an opportunity to let your creative juices flow in the kitchen. You can find many healthy recipes online, so take advantage of these recipes to maintain a healthy diet throughout the pandemic.
7. Stick to a Routine
Develop a daily routine. At the same time, maintain flexibility, as the coronavirus is constantly evolving, so you may need to change your routine accordingly.
8. Get Sufficient Rest
Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. In doing so, you can wake up every day feeling well–rested and ready to manage any challenges that come your way.
9. Express Gratitude
Write a thank-you note to a loved one, call a distant relative, or find other ways to express gratitude to others. That way, you can show others you care, and see that others care about you, too.
10. Get in Touch with Your Healthcare Provider
If the coronavirus pandemic causes severe stress and anxiety, contact your healthcare provider. This ensures you can get the medical support you need to manage your mental health now and in the future.
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