The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, including affecting our mental health. Long-lasting pandemic conditions and uncertainty about the future can cause stress, anxiety, and depression in most people. However, there are some things we can do to take care of our mental health during this pandemic.
First of all, it is important to maintain a balance between work and rest time. In this pandemic situation, many people have to work from home and find it difficult to separate work time and personal time. Therefore, set a clear work schedule and give yourself time to rest and do fun activities.
Second, stay connected with the people we love. Especially during a pandemic like this, we have to limit physical interactions, so we have to be more creative in establishing relationships with those closest to us. Making video calls, chatting, or even sending letters or postcards can be ways to stay in touch with others.
Third, do regular physical activity. Exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety. Going for a walk or run in an open environment can be a good option, as long as we maintain physical distance from other people.
Fourth, avoid unnecessary stress. Avoid looking at exaggerated news stories or unsubstantiated rumours. Limit our time on social media and avoid reading or watching things that can trigger stress or anxiety.
Fifth, seek support if needed. Don’t hesitate to seek help from family, friends, or a mental health professional if you’re having trouble coping with stress or anxiety. There are many online services available, such as online counseling or mental health apps, that can help us take care of our mental health during this pandemic.
In the COVID-19 pandemic situation, taking care of our mental health is very important. By applying the tips above, we can ensure that our mental health is maintained and that we can face the future better. Don’t forget that we are not alone and we can support each other in facing this pandemic.