Psychological distress is a common side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. People around the world have been impacted by the pandemic, whether they are first responders who are overburdened with work, students who are unable to attend classes, family members who are separated, people who have been infected with or lost loved ones to COVID-19, or people with preexisting mental health conditions who have trouble gaining access to mental health services during lockdowns.
Fear, anxiety, or a feeling of helplessness are all natural responses to the unprecedented nature of this time. But you have the ability to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing, no matter what your circumstances are or where you are in the Pacific. Here are six ways you can use to stay healthy and calm through the current COVID-19 pandemic and any other stressful situation.
Trust a reliable friend or family member.
If you need some assistance, talking to a reliable person like a friend, family member, or coworker can be a big help. If you have someone you can voice out how you’re feeling, you might find that it helps. Staying in touch with loved ones is easy even if you don’t have much opportunity to see them in person because of where you live, thanks to technologies like video calls, telephone calls, and messaging apps.
Take care of your body.
Taking care of one’s physical health has positive effects on one’s emotional and psychological well-being. Aim atleast 30 minutes of physical activity every day, whether it’s jogging, walking, yoga, dancing, cycling, or even gardening. Keep your diet well-rounded and healthy. Ensure that you’re getting enough rest.
Do things that make you happy.
Whether it’s preparing a meal for yourself or your loved ones, playing with your pet, taking a stroll through the park, reading a book, or watching a movie or TV show, keep doing the things that bring you joy and meaning in life. Sustaining positive mental health can be achieved through a combination of a regular routine and engaging in activities that bring you joy.
Stay away from poisons, alcohol, and cigarettes.
Don’t try to dull the pain of your emotions with drugs, kava, alcohol, or tobacco. You might feel better in the short time, but in the long run, these won’t do you any good. Both you and the people around you are in danger from these substances.
Give yourself two minutes to reflect on your surroundings.
By reestablishing a connection with your present surroundings, you can help free your mind from its constant churning.
Seek expert assistance.
Contacting a local mental health helpline or your counselor or doctor if you feel overwhelmed is a good first step if you think you need assistance dealing with stress. Keep in mind that you’re not alone and you can take steps to improve your emotional health.