As the world continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, adjusting to all the changes that come with this can be overwhelming and eventually take a toll on mental health.
Here are some suggestions from the WHO on how you can nurture your mental health during these unprecedented times:
- Have a routine: Try to make a daily routine that works with being indoors and try as much as possible to keep to it. Incorporate healthy meals, exercise, rest and also make time for the things you enjoy.
- Maintain social contact: It is important to reach out to your friends and loved ones through phone calls and online channels and avoid isolating yourself.
- Minimise News Feeds: Seek information or updates about the pandemic at specific times of the day to prevent information overload and reduce anxiety.
- Limit alcohol and drug use: Avoid using drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress or to deal with boredom. Substance use may also tamper with your judgement and ability to keep safe.
- Support health workers: Find ways to honour and thank healthcare workers and all those working to respond to COVID-19 for their dedication and sacrifice to fight this pandemic.
What steps are you taking to cater to your mental health during this pandemic? Share your tips with us in the comment section below.
Also remember to stay safe and reach out to a trusted mental health professional for advice or help in dealing with mental health conditions.