As the pandemic continues, people are still spending more time than usual alone. Everyone is experiencing this time in different ways, but the unusual circumstances have given rise to a number of new stressors. These stressors include things like lack of social interaction, lack of time outdoors, and economic challenges. All of these things can negatively affect your mental health and make it way harder to stay positive.
If you’re feeling this way, you aren’t alone. These are some of our best tips for staying mentally healthy during this time.
Mindfulness can mean many things. It isn’t just meditation, either. Incorporating self-affirmations, journaling, and breathing techniques are just a few ways to be more mindful throughout the day. Here are a few more ways to practice mindfulness.
Staying active is important because it also contributes to physical health. Try to get 15-30 minutes of physical activity in. Even if you’re just walking laps around your home, you’ll still feel a mental boost.
Never underestimate the power of a good distraction. Maybe this means reconnecting with an old hobby or even picking up a new one. Here are some activities to try when you need a distraction.
Whichever way you fill your days, remember to be patient with yourself. Isolation affects everyone in different ways. Though there’s a push to “make use” of this time, you don’t have to be productive. Listen to your body, and remember that it’s okay to be sad and frustrated.