It is vital now more than ever to take the necessary steps to ensure robust mental health in these unprecedented times. But, unfortunately, the isolation of COVID-19 lockdowns has left many Americans feeling anxious, fearful, helpless, hopeless, and isolated in a frightening new normal.
In order to ensure that you are not physically affected by the mental stress of isolation and lockdown restrictions, consider the following effective ways to boost mental health during the pandemic.
Staying connected with your loved ones is one of the most effective ways to keep you from losing touch with reality and going into a state of panic or fear. One of the easiest ways to do this is by staying in contact via phone and social media applications.
While you don’t need to chat with everyone you know all day, it’s essential to contact someone for at least 20 minutes a day and talk about whatever is on your mind.
Consider utilizing one of the many telepsychiatry services available online for those who need a professional trained to deal with isolation’s more serious mental effects.
Staying active during lockdowns and quarantine restrictions is an effective way to keep your body healthy. According to a recent study, people who spend large amounts of time sedentary are more prone to depression and fatigue than those who get regular exercise.
To stay physically and mentally balanced, consider:
· Walking for a minimum of 20 minutes
· Doing Yoga
· Performing home repairs
· Organized sports
· Participating in a community garden
Creating a detailed plan is an effective way to keep your mind off of uncertainty and stress. Whether it’s meeting work deadlines or creating an itinerary for international travel later in the year, creating plans and meeting goals will help provide a sense of purpose that will stave off depressive thoughts.