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Tips on Managing Mental Health During COVID-19

Tips on Managing Mental Health During COVID-19

This may be a particularly difficult time for those with mental health conditions. We’ve created a simple suggestion list on things you can do to help manage your mental health during this uncertain and unprecedented time. 

Mindfulness & Meditation – There is plenty of research to suggest that practicing mindfulness techniques and meditation has amazing affects on the mind and body. Try searching for Youtube videos to get you started. TIP: Meditation does not have to be boring! Put on some relaxing music, light candles, get comfy and let your mind relax. Remember to practice deep, mindful breathing.

Consume Nutritious & Substantive Foods – This may not be possible or easy for everyone, but studies show that diet can directly affect our mood. Try your best to eat 3-5 times per day, consuming healthy, whole and natural foods that both fill you up and satisfy your craving. Make sure you’re drinking enough water. Try to consume between 2-3 litres of water per day.

Keep Active – We know that exercise releases endorphins in the brain which can case a surge of “happy feelings” from within. Even though we may be stuck in doors, try to get at least some sort of physical activity daily whether it’s yoga, walking/running (in approved areas) or weight training. Your brain (and body) will thank you for it.

Limit Social Media Usage & News Consumption – During intense times like this, it makes sense to want to stay informed, but try to limit social media usage and news consumption. We take in a lot of what we read, see and watch online that can subconsciously make us worry even more. Try limiting phone/internet usage to 1-2 hours per day.

Communicate – Even though we are being advised not to leave home at this time, and should listen to our government officials, it doesn’t mean we can’t use technology to communicate with our friends and family. Try to pick up the phone or video chat with a loved one daily. Catch up, connect and relate to each other – we’re all going through the same thing. Don’t let physical loneliness fool you into thinking you are alone in this.

Adapt – Lots of things will have to change in order for us to survive and thrive, but we as a species have been adapting to change for hundreds and thousands of years. Utilize the technology we do have in this day and age to transform your business. How can you change your daily lifestyle to adapt to quarantine?

Accept What You Cannot Control – One of the biggest culprits of anxiety is worrying about things we cannot control – which is ultimately pointless and useless. We know that worrying changes nothing about our situation and can only cause more mental pain and strain. If you find yourself doing this, sit back, take a long breath and remind yourself that worrying will not help. TIP: Reach the exercise called “using your senses”, a practice involving acknowledging things in the room you are in that you can see, hear, smell, touch and taste. This is a calming method to keep you grounded. 

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