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Guest post by: Sophie Letts
The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant changes in the daily routines, finances, and socialization of countless people across the world. These changes, combined with a general sense of uncertainty, have led to extra stress, anxiety, and depression, among other mental health issues. If you notice that your mental health is taking a hit in these strange times, it’s essential to take steps toward regaining a sense of control in your life. Here are some practical ways that you can do just that:
Boost Your Physical Health
The state of your mental health is profoundly connected to how you are treating your body.
- Eat a balanced diet, and limit refined sugars and processed foods.
- Come up with a nighttime routine that helps you get the sleep you need.
- Find a type of exercise that promotes short-term and long-term health, such as running, yoga, HIIT, or recreational sports.
- Practice basic personal hygiene on a daily basis.
- Invest in products that will promote your skin’s health, including eye cream, an exfoliator, facial tools, and a face mask.
Lowering your stress levels will do wonders for improving your mental health.
- Develop a routine for sleeping, exercising, meal times, working, and self-care activities to add some predictability to your life.
- Start each day by listing a few things you are grateful for, and remind yourself of those things throughout the day.
- Don’t hesitate to reach out for help from a mental health professional, such as a counselor or therapist.
- Reduce anxiety and negative energy by decluttering and deep cleaning your home.
Maintain a Social Life
Socializing is key to mental health and overall well-being.
- Find fun, healthy activities to do with other people in your household.
- Stay connected to friends and family outside of your household through calling, texting, video chatting, and social media.
- Consider picking up online gaming, which can be a fun activity to engage in with others that makes it easy to socialize safely.
Many people are struggling with mental health issues right now. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps toward regaining control of your life during this time of crisis. Consider the tips and resources listed here for fostering your physical and mental health, and find ways to stay connected to friends and family.