You might be upset, stressed, or worried about the future in these turbulent times. Large-scale crises, such as pandemics, have been linked to a rise in mental health conditions like addiction, drug misuse, and behavioural problems, according to researchers.
The daily coverage of the latest COVID-19 pandemic, with its large number of affected cases and fatalities, is psychologically affecting an increasing number of people. Is COVID-19 giving you down mentally? The following are few suggestions for calming your mind.
Reduce the News/Internet Exposure
We are regularly bombarded with facts about COVID-19 from the news, social media, and conversations with family and friends. Constant exposure to this type of news has negative consequences, such as agitation, terror, and tension. Take steps to protect yourself from receiving and sharing rumours and misleading facts. Keep an eye on reputable news sites. Avoid watching the tv all of the time and instead keep informed about the Ministry of Health’s and local public health agencies’ recommendations and precautions.
Plan Activities with your Family
Plan enjoyable and stimulating outings for the whole family, such as card games, movies, arts, and crafts, or even exercising. Since they are unable to go outside and play, children become irritable; thus, engage them in tasks such as sports or domestic chores. This will keep them busy while still providing additional hands to assist with household chores.
Take some time during the day to communicate virtually with family and friends who live far away, especially the elderly or lonely. By using video calls, you can keep in touch with your peers or social network over the internet. Check on the aged or disabled in your area and try to assist them if they need assistance. Your emotional health will improve as a result of those behaviour.
Relax and Meditate
It is not enough to be busy all of the time. It’s good to take a break and do nothing but rest and breathe every now and again. Set aside some time for yourself to do something enjoyable, such as taking a long bath or reading a book. If you’re feeling stressed or nervous, practises like yoga and meditation can help.