The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down in such a short amount of time and changed our daily routines along with it. With the mandate to stay home to protect ourselves and others from the virus, the dramatic changes have the potential to do a number on our mental health, which is completely normal. Maintaining balance and keeping a positive mindset during uncertain times like this is important, so here are some ways to look after your mental health while social distancing.
Whether you are in quarantine alone or holed up with loved ones, keeping in contact with friends and family that you regularly see outside of your home is a great way to boost your mood and maintain a sense of normalcy. For one-on-one conversations, regular phone calls and Facetime are good tools. If you want to mimic a large social gathering, Zoom and Skype are perfect. Checking in with your friends and family often will help you feel supported and let you know that we can all still be together, even if it’s only virtually for now.
Moving your body releases endorphins, so establishing a work-out routine from home is good for your mental health as well. It will give you something to look forward to and can be a space where you gather your thoughts, step away from the stress of the world and focus on yourself. If you don’t have workout equipment at home, there are a variety of different videos on Youtube that you can follow. Yoga, dancing and even going for walks or runs outside are excellent forms of exercise too.
Writing about the emotions you’re experience or even just the mundane events of everyday life can make your thoughts feel less crowded and help you feel more in control of your current situation. Sometimes just acknowledging your state of mind and putting it down on paper can make all the difference.
Speaking to a licensed therapist is an amazing tool to keep your mental health on track. Many therapists are doing virtual visits due to Coronavirus, so if going to therapy or counseling is something that you benefit from, it is still possible to continue that practice even in the midst of quarantine.