With everything going on in the world, the last thing that you need to worry about is your mental health going into the unknown such as the quarantine. While staying home and social distancing, here are a few tips from us to you, to make sure you are a-okay while at it.
For many people, the quarantine means working from home, schooling from home or no productivity whatsoever. This means we fall out of routine, and for some, routine is what keeps them in check or at their best. The most difficult part about falling out of a routine that requires being up and about is essentially finding a way to readjust that routine in a way that requires minimal movement from home. This, a long with the fact that most schedules are draining, also allows time to recenter, rest, work on ourselves and also just do nothing for a while.
For the minority, the quarantine becomes a trying time due to lack of resources which are often only accessible at work or at school. This often leads to anxiety from fear of missing out on work or studies, or depression from being unable to get productive in one or other way for self-sustenance.
From doing a little meditation to just affirming yourself, these are some of the ways to keep levelheaded during these trying times:
Avoid too much isolation during isolation.
Being forced to isolate is punishment enough, this doesn’t mean you should isolate yourself from those you care about too. Do movie nights with the family, check in on your friends via social media regularly. You never know, you might need the company as much as they do.
It’s never too early to get your summer body in.
It’s never too early ( or late) to get the body you’ve always wanted, and there’s no time like the present. There are is a multitude of apps on playstore or appstore that have workout plans that don’t require equipment. And if you can’t find an app that suits you, there’s always Youtube. The joy of being in isolation is being able to do your workouts in your own space, with no one watching. So you can do that zumba move over and over until you master it!
Be social, but be socially woke.
Keeping in touch with people during a period such as this one does have major benefits on mental health. Although it’s easier to make sure you’re up to date with everyone and the news on a daily basis, remember that we sometimes become victim of clickbait and false information. Make sure that the sources are legitimate and that you don’t overwhelm yourself with all the news, it’s okay to turn off your Wi-Fi or Mobile Data and just breathe.
Netflix and Chill.
Watch the news, but don’t just sit there for hours at a time with nothing else to do. Use this time to catch up on the shows that you’re 3 seasons behind and the movies you told yourself are a must-watch. And because we tend to be forgetful, list them down ( on your phone or on paper) and tick them off after you do finish them. Remember your headphones/ earphones, blanket/ throw-over and your snacks & don’t forget to have a blast!
Here are some shows of various categories to start you off:
- Tiger King
- Pretty little liars
- Self Made ( Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker)
- The Circle
Reach out, if you ever feel overwhelmed.
Whether you’ve asked for help before or you just feel like you need an ear, talking to someone about it doesn’t have to be postponed to when things are back to normal. The internet is our friend in this regard, as it provides not only therapists that can offer sessions over the phone but apps that are helpful as well. If talking to a stranger is too much for you, find a confidant or friend that you can lean on, and reach out to them for your sake.
And just for interest’s sake, here are some apps that are quite helpful in this regard (For both IOS & Android):
- Headspace ( 4.5 star rating)
- Rootd ( 4.2 star rating)
- Sleeptime ( 4.3 star rating)
- Calm ( 4.5 star rating)
- Smiling Mind (4.5 star rating)
Remember to stay healthy, and practice good hygiene overall. Information is power but it’s important to have the right kind of information in order to avoid freaking out. The easiest way to stay healthy in the fight against this Pandemic is to regularly wash your hands, sanitize when possible and avoid touching your face as much as you can.