It’s now over a year since the coronavirus pandemic started. Until now, even with the release of vaccines, the virus continues to claim the lives and livelihood of people all around the world. It is not unusual for many people to experience anxiety and panic attacks when faced with these unprecedented situations. In the United States, 4 out of 10 adults have experienced anxiety and depressive symptoms during the pandemic.
With no sign of the world being COVID-free anytime soon, this can lead to worsening mental health problems for a lot of people. If you are dealing with mental health issues, here are some helpful tips that can help you feel more stable during this difficult time.
1. Take Care of Your Physical Health
What’s scary about the coronavirus pandemic is that it’s an enemy you can’t see. A person can get infected without knowing it and this can induce major anxiety. According to health experts, aside from getting vaccinated, one of the best ways to battle the virus is to keep yourself physically healthy by boosting your immune system.
When you’re healthy, you have a better chance to fight the virus in the unfortunate incident that you catch it. You will not only feel better but also feel more confident about your ability to avoid catching it or surviving it.
2. Strengthen Your Social Connections Even Virtually
The COVID-19 pandemic is a very isolating phenomenon. Because of this virus, people have to practice social distancing and become cautious of who they touch or get close to. Social gatherings, travel, and holidays are not as carefree as pre-pandemic times which can negatively affect a person’s mental health.
That’s why it’s very important to nurture your social relationships with your loved ones during these times. Reach out to your friends, have a chat with your family members, and offer your time if they need your support. At the same time, don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need support. If it’s not possible to physically see your loved ones, connect with them even virtually.
3. Avoid Toxic Environments
Being in a pandemic is stressful enough so this is not the time to add to your stress. It is best to avoid things, people, and situations that only add to your stress and emotional burdens. If possible, remove yourself from these situations.
For example, if watching the news stresses you out, limit your TV time. If you feel that some people from your circles are causing you anxiety, keep yourself away from these people for a while. It’s okay to prioritize yourself in these times.
4. Treat Yourself with Kindness
In this pandemic, many frustrating and difficult situations have already taken place. Maybe you have lost your job or you’re not as productive as before. Or perhaps you feel useless because you can’t seem to sort out your life together. These things can cause a lot of stress and you might even feel guilty and start blaming yourself for what’s happening.
During these times, don’t be too hard on yourself. Treat yourself with kindness. Accept that you cannot always be your best self every single day. What’s important is that you keep on trying every day and take care of yourself in the process.
5. Lower Your Stress Naturally
When you’re highly stressed out, it can be tempting to turn to short-term fixes to calm yourself down such as drinking alcohol or taking drugs. But try to remember that the relief these substances can give you is only temporary. Drinking alcohol and taking drugs can lead to unintended consequences such as addiction, It can also worsen your anxiety, depression, and mood swings. Plus, taking alcohol and drugs can lower your immune response, making you more susceptible to diseases.
The best way to put the brakes on stress is by practicing self-care every day. Take care of your body with exercise, sleep and a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits and lean protein sources for sustained energy. Practice calming activities like yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, or by having a relaxing bath. These natural stress-relievers can do wonders for your mental health.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Mental health is often overlooked in times of crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception and it’s important to recognize that it’s important to take care of yourself during this time and know that you’re not alone in your struggle.
Your mental health is an important part of your overall well-being. Start your self-care journey today by giving yourself time to practice these recommendations.
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