The pandemic has swayed almost everyone from their happy-go-living lifestyle to a life full of anxiety about health and finances. In these unusually trying times, it is paramount to have stable mental health to strive through other ongoing life crisis. Here we have a few tips for you for the same:
Respect the biological clock
The human body follows a 24-hour biological clock by default. This is the reason why following routines work out pretty well. Following and sticking to a routine becomes effortless once your body is tuned in to a particular pattern. Try to develop and then maintain a relatively well-timed and productive routine. Dedicate sufficient time to work, but do not forget to squeeze out an undistracted time-slot for self-care as well!
Dress comfortable and bright
You may be still be working intensively like you used to work at the office but remember that you’re at home. Dress in comfortable clothes that do not bother you while you focus. Besides that, avoid wearing dull colours. Bright coloured clothes have a subtle positive impact on your mood, attitude and energy.
Go out for a minimum of thirty minutes
Going out and getting some fresh air daily is essential. If you are worried about getting infected, go out during the early morning or pretty late in the night, and to less crowded and less exposed places. If you are living in a high-risk area, spend time in the balcony, terrace, and near windows. Open up the windows daily at least for an hour to rejuvenate your lodging with some fresh air.
Work out for a minimum of thirty minutes
If you are too worried about going for a walk, a jog, or a run, there are alternatives available. A large variety of workout exercises can be quickly done at home. Yoga exercise is also an excellent option. If you’re confused as to what to and how to do some moves, look it up online!
Connect with your friends and family
Make sure to reach out to your friends and family through video-conferencing and teleconferencing apps. Do this daily and at least for thirty minutes. Crack some jokes and have some fun! This will keep your feelings of loneliness at bay and help you lighten up.
Do not miss out on your self-care time or me-time. Indulge in old photo albums, listen to your favourite music, dance, draw, paint, sing, write a journal, or write anything, read novels, non-fiction, or some inspirational content. Listen or watch people that inspire you. Play or learn a music instrument. Spend quality time with children and elders. For a deeper level of solace, try some mantra chanting and meditation.
Eat well and drink well
A healthy diet is vital for mental health. Keeping yourself hydrated is equally important. Prefer fresh veggies over fast food. Inculcate immune-boosting foods, which are abundant in vitamins and minerals, in your meals. Drink plenty of water. Cook at home and avoid ordering from restaurants. Try cooking new nutritious recipes once in a while!
Respect and ask for personal space
Being stuck at home all the time with your family becomes cumbersome if you keep peeping into what your kids are doing, or what your parents are doing. Everyone needs their personal space just like you do. If you find someone doing the same to you, don’t hesitate in asking for your personal space, without making them feel insecure.
Embrace people who you live with as they are
Spending most of the time indoors and that too, with family members can sometimes bring out the worst. Step into their shoes while interacting with your family. Understand that everyone is having a hard time in some way or the other. Everyone has phases when they are not at their best. Don’t get into the blame game right away when some miscommunication or misunderstanding happens. Please give them the benefit of the doubt and remember that you have to stick with each other under the same roof for a long time!
Keep a check on social media and Covid-19 news
Again, thirty minutes is the ideal time limit to glance through your social media and news. Don’t indulge in Covid-19 updates; only check out the essential headlines and disconnect. Studies have shown that unregulated social media and news consumption is toxic, both physically as well as mentally. Make sure not to discuss the Covid-19 scenario’s uncertainty for the future in front of your children, sick and the elderly. They are more vulnerable to be negatively affected by such news than you.
Let the kids misbehave a little
Please don’t be too harsh on your children when they make some mischief or play some pranks. That is just the way how the kids are. They enjoy finding joy in little things. They will emotionally repel from you if you be more than strict with them. Instead, join into their fun. These will be memories you will cherish later in life!
See all the right things going on in the world
After getting all the Covid-19 updates, spend to look out for all the good things happening in the world even in these uncertain times. There are a lot of altruistic initiatives happening in the world. You’ll find a lot of uplifting stories of charity, sacrifice and support! Think of reading these stories as your daily dose of mental immunity.
Help others and don’t hesitate in asking for help
Helping and supporting each other is the only way we can tackle through the current situation powerfully. Help the people in need, whether they ask for it explicitly or not. Share and promote freelancers and small businesses of people in your circle. Get your elderly neighbours groceries and other essentials. And when in need, don’t hesitate to ask for help yourself. People will feel more comfortable in asking for your use if they can do something for you in return. Every act of caring and support goes a long way.