In this topic, we talk about How To Manage Your Mental Health and well-being as well as hopefully cross the finish line to this pandemic.
Working out can be just as effective as taking an antidepressant pill. Today, (music)During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you may have experienced stress, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, and loneliness. And mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen over time. Now, I hate to sound
like a high school health teacher here; but some individuals may have turned to increased alcohol consumption and substance abuse, thinking that these can help them cope with the stress about the pandemic. In reality, though, these behaviors can not only worsen your anxiety and depression but will actually put you at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing serious complications. Simply because stressors like this can weaken your immune
response. Along with all the other health complication sand ailments that can arise from prolonged stress and mental health concerns. For all these reasons, that’s why I’m here today, to break down five smart self-care tips that you can practice every day to manage your stress, anxiety, or depression. Before we get into it, if you or someone you know is
feeling suicidal or have mentioned suicidal thoughts please reach to a mental health provider, a doctor, the emergency department, or call the National Suicide Prevention hot line at 1-800-273-8255 available 24/7.Alright, here we go, let’s dive right into five helpful mental health tips that will help you combat your anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
Five Mental Health Tips For Manage Your Mental Health
- Develop a Routine. This is a huge one if you suffer from anxiety. Developing a routine will help you to adapt more quickly to this current reality. Create clear distinctions between work and non-work time, ideally in both your physical space and your headspace. Also, make sure you find something to do that is not work-related and is not virus-related that brings you joy. Additionally, working in short bursts with clear breaks will help to maintain your clarity of thought. Developing an attainable routine is very important to help ease your anxiety.
- Stop putting things off. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do but keep putting it off, there is no time like the present, do it in 2021, once it’s safe to do that of course. If it involves travel or being with other people, it obviously may need to be put on the back burner for now. But making set plans can give you something to look forward to. As well as a goal to work on. For instance, while it’s probably not yet a great time to go backpacking through Europe, you could start researching and planning out the trip for the near future. In the meantime, think about the little things that you’ve been wanting to do: make a Tik Tok video, learn to bake bread, reach out to some old friends, and plan a video call. Start an online yoga class. Whatever you’ve been putting off, stop waiting around to do it. Maybe just think of a way to modify it for now.
- Limit exposure to news media. Constant news about COVID-19 from all types of media can heighten fears about the disease. And just life in general. Limit social media that may expose you to rumors and false information. Limit reading or watching other news, but keep up to date on national and local recommendations. Instead, look for reliable sources, such as the CDC website, or check out some of my coronavirus updates here on my channel.
- Connect with others. Make sure you build support and strengthen relationships and make those connections that are important for your life and social circle. For instance, if you need to stay at home and distance yourself from others, please avoid social isolation. Find time each day to make virtual connections by email, texts, phone, or FaceTime, or similar apps. Make a video call with your friends or a new friend. It may actually be helping your mental health more than you realize. Also, if you are working remotely from home, check in with co-workers about how they are doing and share some coping tips. Enjoy virtual socializing and talking to those in your home. Also, you could always connect with an animal as well. There are many studies that say having a pet or animal in your life decreases depression. Try reaching out to the local animal organization or shelter to see if they have any foster or adoption offerings.
- Exercise. Physical exercise is one of the most proven strategies for alleviating stress and reducing depression. And even though it seems like we’d have more time to exercise now that we’re sheltering in place, again, many of us have fallen out of our regular daily routines and added a little coronavirus 15 to our waistline. I’m telling you regular exercise is a crucial coping tool. For example, regular exercise can positively impact serotonin levels in your brain. Raising your levels of serotonin boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being. There are even studies that suggest working out can be just as effective as taking an anti-depressant pill. It can also help improve your appetite and sleep cycles, which are often negatively affected by depression. Any form of physical activity that gets blood pumping can help relieve stress and depression. Aim for about 30 minutes each day of some sort of psychical movement. Even if it’s just as simple as taking your dog for a walk. Hoping mental health problems such as anxiety or depression will go away on their own can lead to worsening symptoms. Continue these self-care practices to take care of your mental health and increase your ability to cope with life’s ongoing challenges. If you have concerns or if you find your mental health symptoms are getting worse, day after day, please don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional and ask for help. Be upfront and honest about how you are doing.