It is challenging to stay calm during any pandemic situation. We may feel the highest level of anxiety and stress while staying at home to protect our family and community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our day-to-day life looks very different from before. Relaxing may seem more difficult today than it was before our lives became consumed by COVID-19. Everyone has been impacted because of this somehow, and taking care of your mental health is one of the most important things.
A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that spreads across countries or continents. It affects more people and takes more lives than an epidemic. During any pandemic situation, we need to take care of our mental health properly. Difficulties in the following conditions may increase during a pandemic:
- Fear and anxiety about you and your family’s health, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you depend on.
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Face difficulty in sleeping or concentrating.
- Increase chronic health conditions.
- Worsening of mental health problems.
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other substances like those.
However, it is not that easy to maintain our lifestyle and mental conditions during a pandemic. But we have to do our best to keep our mental situations healthy. In this article, we suggest some simple ways to keep your mental health calm and healthy.
Accept that your stress is completely normal:
You should keep in mind that school closures and worrying headlines are not only stressful for you, but it applies to everyone. It would be best if you took that negative news typically. A study shows that psychologists have long realized that anxiety is a normal and healthy function that alerts us to threats and helps us take measures to protect ourselves.
Sometimes your anxiety helps to make decisions that you need to take right now. The pandemic situation will end in a few days; keeping this in mind will also reduce stress. You have to think less about the pandemic situation as much as possible to keep your mind healthy and peaceful.
Take a break from the news:
It is essential to balance your intake of pandemic news. Whether you are watching, listening, or reading the news, the amount of information can be immense. Even scrolling through social media can provide stress. Find the balance you need by taking breaks while keeping yourself informed from sources you can trust. Fake and negative news impact a lot to increase your anxiety.
Connect with your loved ones:
You always prefer to live with our loved ones. But because of work or other purposes, it is not always possible to live with them or give them proper time. During a pandemic, we miss them more. Sometimes this feeling makes us mentally disturbed. Because of the blessings of modern technology, it is very easy to connect with your loved ones easily. Now there are many virtual ways to talk or connect with your loved one if you are far away from them, such as video chat, phone call, etc. Take some time to talk with the people you love. It can bring comfort and joy. Talking with people you trust about your tensions and concerns will make you happy. Talking about your stress can be helpful for both of you and your loved ones.
Take workout seriously:
Physical health is not just important for your body. It is also great for your mind. During a pandemic, all gyms may close, but there are various ways to do the workout at your place. If your physical health is not well, your mental health will not be well. Some exercise options include taking a walk around your neighborhood, going for a bike ride, using free resources, workouts online, etc. Getting your body moving will help you to keep a positive attitude. Workout is a very beneficial tool to keep your body and mind healthy and happy.
Take time to relax:
Have you ever wished to learn a new language or new things such as painting, singing, acting, etc? Do you ever have gardening goals you have wanted to reach? Do you desire to finish that book you have been putting off for weeks or months? A pandemic is a right time for you to set time aside for yourself. Be sure to devote some time to relax and do something you love or have been putting off for months or years.
Be kind to yourself and other:
Some people are facing online bullying and violence due to coronavirus. We should not spread negative words and news. It gives more mental stress. It will also be helpful to help someone financially facing financial problems in pandemic time. We can get peace in our minds if we can help people during their difficult times.
Take Light Therapy:
We can get relief from various mental conditions through light therapy. Light therapy uses a lightbox to treat mental problems. The lightbox is very easy to use at home. But remember one thing before buying any light therapy box, you should consult with a doctor. He/she can suggest the best light therapy box to treat your mental problems.
However, everyone’s condition may not be the same in the pandemic time. Some people may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis. They are:
- Who have higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (for example, older people, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, etc.).
- Teens and children
- People who are caring for loved ones or family members.
- Frontline workers such as doctors, nurses, police, etc.
- Who works in the food industry.
- People who already have various mental health problems.
- People who have financial problems or lost their jobs.
- People who have physical disabilities or developmental delays.
- People who are socially isolated from others, like people who live alone or people in rural areas.
- People who have language issues or do not have access to information in their language.
- Homeless people
- People who live in congregate (group) settings.
Everyone faces more or less mental problems during a pandemic. We have to stay strong to fight against the pandemic situation. Otherwise, we will not be able to handle our situation. But to make our family happy, we have to be mentally happy. During a pandemic situation, we have to be more conscious than our regular days.