Hey guys. Welcome back. We are almost at March again making it a year since the lockdown began. A lot of things happened in the year 2021 and one of those things is the outbreak of the Corona Virus which led to lockdown of almost all the countries in the world. Because of this lockdown, people were stuck at wherever they were at the time.
Some people have had to stay alone or they’re stuck with their partners or stuck with their parents. This could have a toll on your mental health. And it could have happened because it’s something we aren’t used to.
I mean one day I’m okay talking to people and doing stuff and the next day I’m just balling my eyes out in a corner of my room trying not to let my parents know.
Now to topic of the day, how to maintain your mental health during the pandemic. I’m not a professional when it comes to mental health but I do have some tips that might work.
1. REACHING OUT TO FRIENDS/ FAMILY:
One of the effects of the lockdown is for people to stay at home and limit their physical contact with people. This might be tough for people who don’t like staying alone. And you might start feeling lonely and sad. To prevent this, you can reach out to friends or your family. Talking to others can help in situations like this. You might find out that some people are also feeling the same way you are and you guys can help each other out.
2. LEARN A NEW SKILL/FIND NEW HOBBIES
If you’re starting to feel like you’re getting bored and tired, you can find new hobbies or learn a skill. Starting things that can keep you busy is good way at maintaining your mental health. It’s like giving yourself a sense of purpose. For example you can start blogging, learn a new language, learn to be a graphic designer, learn tailoring or fashion designing and so much more. Keeping the mind active and being focused is good.
3. PRACTICE SELF-CARE
There’s no better way to maintain your mental health than to start practicing self care. You can start journaling; writing down things you’re grateful for. Taking up yoga or Pilates or trying out workout challenges are good self care ways. can be a great way to boost endorphins and improve mood. You can also try mediation as part of your daily or weekly routine. The lockdown might also be an opportunity for you to know yourself.
Take deep breaths. Stretch. Meditate. Try to eat relatively well balanced meals, move your body regularly, get plenty of sleep
4. TAKE A BREAK
It’s always always okay to take a break. Things can get overwhelming at some point and can get too much. It’s always okay to take a break. And it’s always advisable to take social media breaks.
5. ASK FOR HELP
Do not think you can get over your mental health issues without actually facing it. If things get too overwhelming for you, it’s important for you to ask for professional help. You can seek for consultation online.
These are my 2 cents on how to maintain your mental health during the pandemic. I hope they become useful for you.
This post is in collaboration with @zainabchats. You should check out her blog.
IF THE LOCKDOWN IN YOUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN EASED, HOW DID YOU MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH OR IMPROVE IT?