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Looking after your mental health during COVID-19

 

Even if you’re still working and you don’t feel as though you’ve been overly affected, the current situation is bound to be taking its toll. That’s why it’s important to check in with yourself and look after your mental health as much as you can. Here are some great ways for you to take care of your mental health during this time.

Get out into nature

We all know that being around nature is beneficial to us, both physically and mentally, so it’s important to take some time to get out into nature when you can. If you’re still working away from home, this might be harder to schedule in, but make sure you get some fresh air or a walk in the park at some point during your day.

Stay away from social media

This will probably be a tricky one for most of us, given that we spend a lot of our time online getting all sorts of information, not all of it helpful. Your social media news feeds are likely full of overwhelming information, opinions, and rumours, so the more you can limit your use of these sites during this time and focus on the proper sources, the better.

Get moving

Whether you’re at home or the office, it’s really important to keep moving throughout your day. You don’t need to do anything too strenuous, but make sure you get your blood pumping at least once a day. Try some online yoga classes, or go for a brisk walk around the block – your physical and mental health and wellbeing will benefit greatly.

Create a schedule

It’s important to maintain a schedule for yourself and your family, especially if your regular routine has been disrupted. If you have kids, sticking to a routine is the best thing for them, but even if you don’t have little ones around, having a schedule will keep you sane. Try to keep to your regular wake-up and sleep times, and make time everyday to go and get some fresh air.

Find some gratitude

This can be difficult, especially with all of the negativity and uncertainty around, but it’s important that you take at least a few minutes every day to find a few things you’re grateful for. It might be your family, it might be a pet, it might be that you still have your job, whatever it is, bringing it into focus will make a positive difference to your mental health.

 

 

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