With the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 took a toll on mental health globally. It has forced everyone to adopt a lifestyle that is much indoors and much distant from fellow humans. With all the safety concerns, the guidelines, one can easily get overwhelmed, leading to issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression. The Virus may not have infected everyone, but it has definately affected everyone.
Due to such times, it has become crucial to make an effort towards your mental well-being. Here are some ways to de-stress during this COVID period.
- Limit your time on the news and Social Media.
Watching the news on TV, reading online, and logging into social media has become much instilled in our lives than we would like to believe. Although it is very crucial to stay informed, one must always learn to draw a line. These platforms can serve as a constant source of negativity and stress, and hence you should limit time using them. It is also essential that you only follow credible sources of information or, you may get stuck in a loop of stress and worry.
2. Stay Connected through Virtual Meet-Ups.
While it has become the need of the hour to practice social distancing and to limit outdoor outings, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stay isolated. You can still connect to your loved ones through software such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or others. Some creative options include hosting game nights, having a virtual movie or dinner date, or simply have a video chat. It can do wonders in keeping you motivated and happy.
3. Pick up a New Hobby.
We all have those goals and hobbies that we have always wanted to take up but couldn’t get to them. Now is the time to start! The pandemic has bestowed upon us more time than usual and also made us realize the importance of our lives. So whether it is reading more, baking, learning a new language, knitting, playing an instrument, or learning more skills, get going by taking tiny steps. It will also provide you with a creative outlet to feed your soul.
4. Physical Exercise is a Must.
Any physical activity that gets your heart pumping, from exercising to dancing or even yoga, can not only help in keeping your body fit but also keeps your mind healthy. Many fitness companies are offering online workout classes, or one can just groove to the sound of fun music. A walk around the neighborhood while following necessary precautions is also a great option.
5. Consider Therapy.
If you feel that the stress or the new lifestyle is causing you to be more anxious or depressed, know that it is okay to reach out. Be it a friend, a person you look up to, or professional healthcare experts, you can always get support. Understand that this might just be a phase and that taking help can help you in the right direction.