Like many others, the Coronavirus pandemic may be causing you to feel anxious, stressed, lonely and sad. Your mental health might be struggling, and you might be feeling lethargic. You are not alone.
It is so important during this time to take care of your mental health and physical health. Staying hydrated, keeping fit and eating healthy is not just great for your body, but for your mind too.
We have written a series of short and simple #wellbeingtips to help you to take care of your mental health and physical health during this difficult time. These tips will help you to feel happier, more relaxed and well able to look after yourself and those you care about.
Staying hydrated is just as important for your mental health, as it is for your physical health. Drinking water regularly helps to boost energy levels, lighten mood, reduce anxiety and prevent headaches. Water has a huge impact on how well your body functions; the more water you drink, the better your immune system.
So drink up!
It’s so important for our mental wellbeing to maintain contact with people that we trust.
If you can’t be with your loved ones right now, find new ways to keep in contact with them! FaceTime your family, WhatsApp your friends, Zoom call your brother, Skype your sister. Have fun with it, and try something different!
Remember; it’s normal to feel anxious and scared about the current situation. Don’t bottle up your feelings, share your concerns and worries with those you trust. You’ll feel better when you start talking!
When you’re anxious or upset, it’s hard to fight the temptation to snack on unhealthy treats.
When possible, try to eat nourishing and well-balanced meals. Eating fruit and vegetables boosts your immune system, and helps your mind and body function at its best.
Keeping your body moving, by going out for a walk, is a great way to keep anxiety at bay.
Going outside for an hour, getting some fresh air and having a change of scenery can refresh your mindset, elevate your mood, release tension in your body and help you to sleep.
If you are not able to go for a walk, get some fresh air by opening a window. It’ll do wonders for your mental wellbeing.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the constant news updates and quarantine content, why not take a social media break?
For an hour, an afternoon, or even a whole day; switch off your phone and instead do something that brings you joy. Whether it’s reading a book, playing your favourite video game, creating some art or taking a long bubble bath; if it makes you happy, go for it!
You might be seeing posts on social media that are making you feel anxious or sad. Remember, you are in control of what you see on your feed. Unfollow/mute the people that posting too many negative posts, or block certain words/ hashtags in your feed. Try to only follow accounts that are positive, encouraging and make you smile.
You may be comparing yourself to others during this time; feeling frustrated that you aren’t as productive as other people seem to be right now. Remember, we are all dealing with lockdown in different ways, and there is no right way for everyone. So switch off your phone and take a social media break today. Focus on you.