Maintaining Mental Hygiene During COVID

 

 

As the world is still fighting against the COVID outbreak and we all remain in a high periods of stress, it may seem difficult to maintain our mental wellness. We’ve been through lockdowns, curfews, and uncertainty of what the future holds for us during these times. All of us are worried for ourselves as well as family and friends. There’s the fear of losing people and the after effects of having lost people. Watching the news is also stressful and scary for most people. You should know though, there are ways to maintain your mental hygiene while the world seems like chaos at the moment.

 

Controlling What You Can Control

We all are facing massive life-altering changes which we’ve never imagined we’d have to go through. The virus is not in our control and the sooner we accept it the better. In order to lead yourself into a more positive future you must focus on the things that you are able to control. Since the COVID outbreak fear and anxiety has risen exponentially. “According to a review paper published while the world was locked down, early evidence suggests that 16 to 28 percent of people showed symptoms of anxiety and depression in response to COVID-19, and 8 percent reported stress.” (Goldberg, 2021) Let’s take a look at a few things that we can control, and work towards effective change and positive behaviors throughout these difficult times.

 

  1. Breathing – Focusing on your deep breaths can slow down and refocus an anxious mind.
  2. Self-talk – Sometimes our self-talk is not too pleasant, we constantly judge ourselves and compare ourselves to others. Instead of that try being more compassionate towards yourself.
  3. Gratitude – Even though we are in this predicament, there is no reason to forget what you do have. Being grateful for anything, even if its small, can help you think more positively.
  4. Fitness – Exercising can do wonders for your mental health. It is a time where you can focus 100 % on yourself and forget about what is going on for a while. Incorporating exercise in your routine will not only help your physical health but It can significantly reduce depression and anxiety.

 

Coping with Uncertainty

Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life. Many of us worry when we think about uncertainty. worrying does nothing other than make you upset, reduces your energy, and keep you up at night. so how do we stop worrying? Here are some tips.

 

  1. Actively deal with your emotions. Do not ignore them, face up to them and allow yourself to experience and accept uncertainty fully.
  2. Focus on the present. Practicing mindfulness and learning to be in the present can help you steer away from negative thoughts.
  3. Identify what makes you feel uncertain. A lot of the times we are the ones responsible for our uncertainties. We may follow false news and get tensed about it, we follow what others are doing without confirming if they are even right, and we feed on our fears as well as other’s fears. By identifying what is causing your uncertainty you can then reduce your exposure to them.

 

Taking Care of Your Mind

The first thing we can do to ease our minds is follow a regular routine and include activities in your day that will keep you busy, rather than focusing on the negative things going on. Setting priorities for your day can help you become more organized and take you closer to reaching your goals that you may have forgotten about because of COVID. Focusing on positivity might seem difficult at the moment, but it’s really important to try! Don’t indulge yourself in the news. This is the number one cause for our worry. Keep in mind that even news people exaggerate when they speak to increase the number of viewers they receive. Always fact check if you come across something in the news that will increase your worry. Lastly, take some time to write things down, whether it’s what you have done in the day or even writing a story. Writing can help you improve your cognitive and emotional power. It allows you to explore your thoughts and change your perspective in life.

 

 

References

Foundation, M. (2021). From lockdown to relaxation of covid rules: tips on looking after your mental health. Retrieved 11 May 2021, from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/looking-after-your-mental-health-we-come-out-lockdown

Goldberg, C. (2021). The Only 7 Things You Can Really Control in Life. Retrieved 11 May 2021, from https://greatist.com/grow/what-you-can-control-for-happiness-success