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 ongoing pandemic (Corona Virus) which led to the lockdown of almost all the countries in the world. People are to stay indoors and limit their physical contact with others.
During this lockdown, people are either staying alone or they’re stuck with their partners or stuck with their parents and it might be hard getting used to the new situation. This could have a toll on your mental health especially teenagers and it could have happened because it’s something we aren’t used to.
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 or staying indoors. During this period, it’s important to connect with friends and family. It’s time use the most of technology and social media. You can talk to your friends through facetime, connect with them through social media apps like tiktok or instagram and creating group chats. You might even find out that some people are also feeling the same way you are and 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 of staying at home and doing nothing, 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 i.e writing down things you’re grateful for. Taking up yoga or Pilates or trying out workout challenges are good self care ways. Activities like this are a great way to boost endorphins and improve mood. You can also try mediation as part of your daily or weekly routine.
The lockdown is an opportunity for you to know yourself. I mean, you can later find out you’re really good at painting or you’re destined to be youtuber.
Have you read “My Life In Isolation?”
4. TAKE A BREAK
Things can get overwhelming at some point and you start to feel many emotions at once. With all the bad events happening, it can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. It’s advisable to take a break. Take some time off social media or from watching the news. You can just do activities that make you destress and return normalcy. I.e you could read a book.
5. ASK FOR HELP
If you are experiencing new mental health conditions such as depressive symptoms, you should ask for help. If you don’t understand yourself and don’t know what’s wrong with you, you should ask for help. Just because we are on lockdown doesn’t you can’t ask for help. You can seek for consultation online.
We have to stay strong during this pandemic.
These are my tips on how to maintain your mental health during the pandemic. I hope they become useful for you help you maintain your mental health.
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IF THE LOCKDOWN IN YOUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN EASED, HOW DID YOU MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH OR IMPROVE IT?