Previously, we mentioned how important it is for one to stay active and moving even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, that isn’t the only thing you have to take care of; your mental state of health is equally important to your overall well-being.
At a time like this, feelings of impatience, stress, anxiety, irritability, frustration will all start to rise. As a result, we may fall back into bad habits such as a change in eating or sleeping pattern, worsening of mental health conditions, panic and worry over the health of your loved ones and your own health. Especially with the isolation and the feeling of uncertainty about the future ahead, one’s mental health may be heavily affected.
While some of us may not be able to contribute our efforts into slowing the spread of the virus directly the way frontline and essential workers do, we all still can play a part by taking care of ourselves and our cherished family members first.
So, instead of talking about how furnished apartments for rent may be a good accommodation choice for you; we’re going to move away from that and discuss how you can keep your mental health at its best state amidst the COVID-19.
Maintain a regular routine
This can never be emphasised enough; a regular schedule is optimal for excellent mental health.
It means you should eat your meals, bathe, work or study, exercise and sleep at consistent timings. Let your body be adjusted to the standard daily routine, so you don’t ever feel unproductive or lethargic.
Meanwhile, it’s also a great opportunity to throw a couple of activities that keep you brimming with joy. Whether it’s gaming, reading, or dancing – do whatever you must to keep yourself happy!
Keep exposure to news media to a minimum
While it is good to stay updated and read up on the news relating to COVID-19 from time to time, too much information can backfire on your mental health.
It can start to be upsetting once you hear of how damaging and consequential the crisis is to everyone, and even begin to heighten fears about the disease. Especially when the news can be from unreliable sources and are all complete rumours, anxiety levels will go through the roof.
So, estimate how much news and information you can take in daily, and try to stick to that limit. That way, you’d be able to keep calm and not panic over the crisis.
Create a ‘“worry drop” journal
Have too many worries accumulating within your head? Is it starting to take a toll on your mind?
Then, maybe penning down your fears and thoughts in a book may help to ease the anxiety. Meanwhile, you can also jot down the good things right now, and know them by heart. The smallest things can keep you feeling positive with a cheery mood all day long!
On the other hand, if you currently have a mental health condition; you should follow this step closely. Make an appointment with your therapist if need be as well; it can be as simple as a video or phone call.
It’s always great to have some alone time to yourself, chill a little, and take a break from all the socialising.
However, too much alone time can do the opposite effect; causing you to overthink and have the cycle of negative thoughts repeat over and over again. So, unless you’re a mega-introvert – it’s probably best that you keep yourself busy to rid yourself of such bad thoughts.
Explore new hobbies or activities or maybe even do some chores or DIY a new pencil holder – there’s a whole list of things you can do as long as you set your mind to it!
At the end of the day, it’s all about engaging in something positive to keep your anxiety at bay.
Positivity is the best remedy
As simple as it sounds, it’s a lot tougher to do.
Rather than dwell on all the grey pessimistic thoughts, it’s really about focusing on the bright side of everything. If such thoughts are starting to pile up, call up a buddy or talk to your family member to release all these thoughts and doubts.
A little chat can go a long way in easing your anxiety and boosting your mood. So, start out every day by thinking of the different things you should be thankful for. With a little bit of effort and positivity, your mental health will be at its best for sure!
Right now, the COVID-19 situation is gradually worsening while measures being put in place are getting a lot tighter. While that is the case, with unity and responsibility – it is possible to slow down the spread of the virus.
At 85Soho, existing housemates will still have access to our fully serviced apartments and business operations will still proceed as per normal. Residents are encouraged to keep up with the rules and measures, so as to lend a helping hand in fighting the virus. We all have a role to play, and as long as we stick to it, it is possible to beat the crisis together!