Quarantining and social distancing have now evolved to be commonplace globally, as governments make concerted efforts to fight the spiraling of the coronavirus pandemic. These measures are deemed crucial by medical experts in reducing the spread of the COVID-19. However, the implications for people’s mental health cannot be overlooked. Here’s what we’ve compiled to keep on your mental health during this global crisis.
Create a routine
Change out of your pajamas, shower and make a to-do of all the things you want to achieve each day to create a sense of normality and productivity.
Break up your day
Find tasks to break up your day and, where possible, change your environment for different activities.
Take care of your body
Eat healthily, get plenty of sleep and exercise daily. That could include conducting indoor workout classes, stretching and practicing meditation.
If you’re not under strict isolation rules yourself, and you’re in a position to do so, find ways to support those in need by offering to run errands and collect supplies for them.
Make the most of technology and stay in touch with colleagues, friends and family via phone calls, texts, social media and video conferencing.
Limit media intake
Stay informed about the situation via reliable sources, but limit your news and social media intake to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Make the most of catching up TV series, reading and exploring projects you have been putting off to beat boredom and stay mentally active.
Set strict limits to your work to avoid becoming overwhelmed and make time to unwind.
Focus on the positives
Amplify good news stories and honor caregivers working tirelessly to resolve the situation.
Take one day at a time
Try not to project too far into the future. Remember that these are temporary measures and you are not alone.