We are all living within such a difficult time at the moment. As all of you will know we are in the midst of a global pandemic that has put the world into a state of lockdown. Lockdown is something that is effecting people in a lot of ways and our lives have taken a dramatic change so quickly. Managing you mental health throughout this time is vital and experts such as Matthew Boente MD have highlighted ways in which we can maintain positive. Included below are various ways you can look after your mental health and implement some forms of everyday life.
Remembering the Reason
Let’s face it lockdown definitely isn’t fun. Not being able to work, go out or visit friends and family has taken its toll on everyone. A way to combat that for your sanity is to remember the reason we are in lockdown. The virus that is going around can be fatal and the reason we are locking down is for our safety and safety of others. Try to rejoice in the fact that whilst you are locked indoors it massively increases your chances of not catching this deadly virus. You are doing this for yourself and your family. It is tough now but following guidelines will get us back to normal eventually. Try to think every day is a day closer to normality.
Remember to Socialize
Even though socializing is a lot different to what we are used to it is still possible. Thankfully we live in a world where connecting with friends or family is so easy online. Plan things to do, a big trend has been to plan quiz nights with the people you miss. Whilst this may take a bit of explaining to people who aren’t quite tech savvy, you can all get together online and video call. You can still meet up with people if your social guidelines allow it, remember to wear a mask and keep your distance. Socializing brings a form of normality to the situation and will to wonders for your mental health.
We have been given a huge amount of spare time from pretty much nowhere, so take advantage of it. That thing you need to do in the house, the sink you need to fix… Whatever it is take advantage of your free time and get it done. This will break up your day and occupy you, a busy brain is a satisfied one. It will come to a point where you have tied up all loose ends at your home and when that time comes try to learn something new. A lot of people have been learning new skills, bolstering their education with online classes or even learning to juggle. Keeping occupied is so important for you mental health and it will give you peace of mind.
Talk to People
If you are struggling mentally, don’t be ashamed of it. It is really hard right now and people who have never experienced mental health issues before may start experiencing them. It is so important that you talk to people and let them know how you are feeling. Talking really does help.
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