Managing a situation that none of us have ever been through before and seeing the way that the #Coronavirus has practically shut down the world makes this a very frightening time to be living in.
Seeing social media, hospitals, and other essential businesses the way they are brings about feelings of anxiety, frustration, and powerlessness for everyone. It is important to focus on mental and emotional health during times like these because we are all feeling forms of stress and pressure.
5 ways to Protect Your Mental and Emotional Health
1. Reduce Your News Intake
During times where the world is uncertain and unpredictable, we tend to watch large amounts of news to try and find all of the answers to our questions and figure out when things will be over. However, research has directly linked heightened forms of anxiety and stress with watching too much news because of the way the news tends to have a negative bias and present concerning stories.
There is little positive news presented during times like these, so it is no wonder that we are feeling negative emotions. Instead of constantly watching the news, it is important to make time to step away from technology and limit your news sources to reputable and reliable ones.
2. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Making healthy food choices when going shopping is the best way to not only keep your immune system strong but fuel your brain with nutrients that will reduce stress and anxiety. Eating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will improve your mental health and keep your emotions stable, rather than eating comfort food for temporary relief.
3. Engage In Exercise
With fitness centers and gyms shut down around the globe in fear of spreading the virus and obey the #SocialDistance order, it can be hard to maintain a steady workout routine. Not staying physically active will make your mental and physical health sink and will lead you down an unhealthy cycle.
Going for a walk around your neighborhood to get fresh air or doing a workout in your living room keeps your mind distracted and releases the tension and anger you may be feeling. Working out at home is a great stress reliever that is necessary during these times.
4.Maintain a Routine
Even if you are staying at home all day and feel a lack of responsibilities compared to normal, sticking with a proper routine will keep your emotions stable and is crucial for your mental health. Waking up at the same time each day and doing activities like meditation or journaling or engage in domestic shores will keep you accountable to take care of yourself and will motivate you to be productive for the rest of the day.
Without a routine, we lose the structure that our mind needs to properly function. Make a list of things that you will hold yourself responsible to do in the morning in order to adapt to a routine.
5. Clear Your Mind
Meditation, deep breathing, writing, reading, or yoga are just a few examples of ways that you can make an effort to clear your mind during times when you are stuck at home. No matter what practice you choose, making time for yourself to distract your mind and let go of worries and fears is essential during unpredictable times.
These strategies will keep you present at the moment and emotionally stable when your surroundings seem frightening. In order to keep yourself on track to clear your mind each day, write down a few of these strategies in your morning routine in order to stay motivated to do them. #Staysafe at home.