So the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon has been extended to April 30. And all over the country, people are still uncertain as to what happens next as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.
Aside from our physical health, however, it’s important to also mind our mental health. This is, after all, an uncertain and unprecedented time. Many people have lost their jobs or have had their livelihood put on hold. They had to be in isolation or practice social distancing away from friends and family.
All that, plus the anxiety of the virus spreading and getting infected, as well as the dwindling resources. Even the media and social media are not helping.
So how do you deal?
14 Tips to Care for Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Connect with others. Social or physical distancing doesn’t have to be so isolating. Use technology to connect with loved ones.
- Help and support others. If you’re okay, others may not be the same. Check in on your family and friends, even those whom you think have it all together.
- Openly talk about your fears and worries. It is a difficult time for everyone. Open up to a trusted family or friend and get through this together.
- Look after your health. Observe healthy eating, drink plenty of water, exercise, and get some sunshine every day.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Maintain regular sleeping patterns. Avoid screens before bed and cut back on caffeine before bedtime. Remember to find time to rest as well especially if you are working from home.
- Manage difficult feelings. You may feel anxiety, fear, and paranoia. While this is understandable, don’t let it control you. Focus on things you can control.
- Manage the information you take in. Avoid becoming overwhelmed and overloaded with information. Find factual info and reliable news from reliable sources.
- Don’t be overwhelmed by social media. Give yourself a limit to browsing through social media as this can also add to your anxiety. In fact, schedule times when you will watch the news or go online daily. Learn to “mute” negative people in your feed or those who spread false information.
- Stick to a routine. Create positive new routines to help you focus daily. Engage in useful activities or even learn new hobbies.
- Do things you enjoy doing. Find time to do things that are fun and fulfilling for you.
- Set daily, achievable goals. Keep a journal or a to-do list. This will help give you a sense of control, purpose, and fulfillment.
- Keep your mind and body active. Get involved in online classes. Or find a new hobby. Take on online exercises.
- Develop relaxation techniques. When things get overwhelming, find something to do that grounds you. Whether it’s exercising, meditating, or listening to music, learn to relax.
- Bring nature in. If you can’t go outside, bring nature in by opening the windows, arranging a space where you can get more sunshine indoors, or bring plants inside your home.
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