Covid-19 has taken a major toll on many people’s mental health, and it can be hard to keep motivated when it feels like there’s no end in sight. It’s important to do what you can to stay positive and live as normal a life as possible, but if you’re struggling with that then this is the blog for you.
Have a daily routine
One of the best ways to start the day is by getting up early and continuing your daily routine as usual. Make sure to have some breakfast, and if you’re working from home, try to start at the time you usually would if you were in the office. Make sure to break for lunch, and allow your eyes time to rest if you’re working from a computer.
Making the most of a daily walk is a great idea too, as leaving the house and stretching your legs will do you the world of good. Getting some fresh air will also help manage stress levels. A change of scenery can also help you feel more positive, but if you’re not able to leave your home then try opening up some windows so that fresh air can circulate.
Check out how to maintain a healthy balance while working from home here.
Keeping in touch with your loved ones is a brilliant way to help keep yourself grounded. How you communicate is your choice – a text, phone call or video chat. Reach out to someone you enjoy talking to and find out how they’re coping. We’re all facing similar challenges and it can help to speak to someone who can empathise.
Here’s a great list of things you can do while virtual socialising.
Spring clean your social media
Seeing picture perfect lifestyles whilst yours feels anything but, can be a little disheartening but try to remember that there are two sides to evey image. If you find yourself feeling disheartened whenever you go online, perhaps you should try spring cleaning your social accounts.
Block anyone whose posts continually wind you up, and if there are particular keywords that keep cropping up that are upsetting, you can mute them. Find out how here.
Social media doesn’t have to be all bad, so why not replace toxic accounts with ones that bring you joy? Look for accounts that post things that you’re interested in, or take a look at this list of the ten happiest Instagram accounts to follow.
It’s also important to limit the time you spend on social media, as too much can leave you feeling drained. You can manage screen time on your iPhone here, or on Android here.
Do some exercise
Staying active is especially important whilst our lives are more restricted. Chances are you’re not moving around nearly as much as when you had to commute. Keep in mind that an active body is a healthy one. It’s also a great time to take stock and think through your priorities.
Exercise helps boost your immune system, gives you better circulation, strengthens your bones and joints and even improves your sleep. It also helps mental health as it releases endorphins, a natural chemical that helps you feel good.
If you’re still feeling housebound here are some workouts and exercises to do from the comfort of your own home.
Look after yourself
It seems like everyone’s going on about self-care, but what does that actually mean? Self-care is a little more than running yourself a hot bath (although if that does do the trick, go for it!), it’s about finding an activity that will look after your mental, emotional and physical health. Self-care isn’t selfish and should leave you feeling more relaxed and better afterwards.
What works for one person may not work for another, so it’s down to you to find out what brings you happiness. Regularly put some time aside every so often to devote to yourself. Perhaps you’d like to try out a new skill!
Finally, don’t beat yourself up. Having a positive mindset doesn’t mean every day has to be fantastic. Instead, it just means that you’re able to cope with stresses a little better, and can bounce back a little quicker. Check out Mind’s website for further information on improving your mental wellbeing.