- Apr 27, 2021
2 min read
Taking Care Of Your Mental Health During The Covid-19 Pandemic
Updated: Nov 9, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on all our lives. From having to shift our working arrangement to working from home where lines between office hours and home hours are often blurred, to financial constraints and anxiety, each of us has experienced the emotional challenges of this pandemic in one way or the other.
As new cases continue to surface everyday, it is important that we prioritise our mental wellbeing and learn to cope with the stress caused by the pandemic so that we are able to thrive amidst the challenges. Here are some simple ways we can take care of our mental wellbeing during this time:
1. Keep to a healthy routine
Studies have shown that keeping a healthy routine is linked to building resilience. Your routine should include eating healthy meals, ensuring that you are sleeping well and exercising regularly.
If you’re working from home, allocate specific time for work and time for yourself. Turn off your work devices after working hours, and dedicate some time for activities that bring you joy.
2. Stay informed - but don’t obsessively check the news
With social media, it is hard to not get overwhelmed by the news - especially when we’re bombarded with news on COVID-19, politics and economics at the same time.
Whilst it is good to be informed, exposure to an overwhelming amount of negative information can take a toll on our mental health. Be sure to take regular breaks from media coverage, and try not to scroll through updates too often. Stick to trustworthy sources for information and beware of fake news that only feeds into fear. If you are someone who is in the habit of scrolling through social media, follow accounts that promote positivity, happiness and laughter, to counter some of the heavier news topics that you may come across.
3. Stay connected
The pandemic has led to many of us feeling isolated and lonely due to physical distancing, which can exacerbate anxiety and depression.
Though we need to practice physical distancing during the pandemic, that does not mean we need to be socially distant as well.Thanks to technology, it is now easier than ever for us to connect with our friends and family, even if we cannot physically be there with them. Catch up over a Zoom call, have a virtual exercise session, or plan an online group activity - anything that can help you connect with with your loved ones.
If things become too overwhelming, consider speaking to a mental health professional who could offer you practical support and work together with you to come up with a plan to help you overcome your challenges.
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