There are so many changes in lifestyles, work environments, and the economy that it can be hard to find time for yourself. That said, it’s more important now than ever to take note of your mental health and make sure you’re dedicating some time to your self-care. Here are a few ways to improve your mental health during a pandemic:
- Take a Break
With the constant changes and updates in the world’s regulations and news in regards to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important in many aspects to take a break. In general, you should take regular breaks throughout the day. Whether you’re working from home, homeschooling, etc., be sure to take a few minutes for yourself multiple times a day.
Additionally, you should be prepared to take a full day off when you really need it most. Quarantine burn out is a world-wide occurrence and it’s important that employees and employers take note of mental health.
Lastly, it’s important to take a break from the news. Between social media, online news updates, and constant television news, it’s easy to oversaturate yourself in media right now. Pandemic media coverage is not always good news and can quickly turn your mood. So, turn off your phone, scroll past social media updates, and watch a heart-warming Netflix show instead.
- Create a Healthy Routine
Routine is easier when you’re not at home all day. If you are used to commuting to work, your daily routine has likely been uprooted in a major way. With that in mind, creating some sort of routine is a great way to ease your mental stress.
While many WFH tips out there advise that you get up and get ready for work every day, you don’t necessarily have to do that. If you’re comfortable and productive in jeans and a t-shirt – or even a cute pair of pajamas – don’t stress about getting dressed up. That said there are some other ways to create a unique, healthy routine.
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. You’ve probably heard that saying hundreds of times – and for good reason. Eating breakfast can improve your energy and boost your mood from square one. Plus, starting off the day eating something healthy and delicious is a great thing to look forward to every day.
Another healthy addition to your daily routine is an outdoor walk. If you’re able to, it’s important to get some fresh air at least once a day. During this time, it’s easy to stay cooped up inside and skip your daily dose of Vitamin D (sunshine). There are many benefits of sunlight including:
– Increased serotonin
– Strengthens bones
– Improves skin conditions (always wear sunscreen!)
- Add in Simple, Healthy Exercises
It might be hard to pack in a full work out right now, but a few simple stretches can really help ease your mind and reduce body tension. Meditation is one of the best mental exercises; plus, it’s not necessarily a time-consuming activity. Just a few minutes of daily meditation has a long list of health benefits including:
- Improved sleep
- Weight loss
- Stress reduction
- Improved brain function and ability to focus
While your gym might be closed, there are plenty of other options to get in your daily workout as well. Consider searching for yoga or HIIT classes on YouTube. Or, get a breath of fresh air and take a walk around the block.
- Treat Yourself to an At-home Spa Day
Chances are, your local spas and beauty salons are closed and you could use a bit of revitalizing self-care. Consider dedicating a night to maintaining your hair, nails, and skin. Grab your favorite bottle of nail polish, some bath bombs, a hair mask and let the relaxation begin.
This is also a great way to spend some social-distanced time with your friends or family. Set up a time to video chat while you paint your nails or do facials. It’s like a day at the spa in the comfort of your own home!
Your mental health is the most important facet of your life, so don’t take these tips lightly. If you need a day off, make sure to express that to your peers or colleagues, you’re not alone