Our Mental Health During COVID-19

Posted On April 27, 2020

Our mental health is extremely important and takes a huge toll on one’s everyday life. Due to this global pandemic, the majority of us are stuck indoors and even just hearing about COVID-19 everyday becomes tiring.  This might seem like the perfect time to get your life back on track. Catching up with schoolwork, working out, eating healthy… but it’s not easy, especially if your anxiety is constantly getting in the way of things and you’re consumed with negative thoughts.

We are going through a very scary time as nobody knows when it will all end. It’s very easy to go down a spiral of negativity. Even if you don’t usually suffer from anxiety or depression, a time like this can definitely trigger such thoughts.

It is important during this time to focus on yourself and your wellbeing before anything else. It is perfectly fine to stay in bed and do nothing except eat, sleep and stay browsing the internet. However, this cycle can become toxic to yourself and continue to pose a threat to your mental wellbeing. Therefore, make sure to keep yourself in balance.

There are a few things you can do especially if you are feeling down. Although it is understandable that times like these can be extremely difficult and you might be finding yourself in a really dark place, it is thus really important to seek help and there’s nothing wrong with that!

At the end of the day, this time of self-isolation doesn’t mean you need to come out this pandemic as a totally different person with new skills since that in itself is a huge stress factor that can end up leaving you in a never-ending cycle.

“If you don’t come out of this quarantine with a new skill, your side-hustle started, or more knowledge gained… then ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶n̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶l̶a̶c̶k̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶i̶m̶e̶,̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶l̶a̶c̶k̶e̶d̶ ̶d̶i̶s̶c̶i̶p̶l̶i̶n̶e̶ YOU ARE DOING JUST FINE. We are going through a collective traumatic experience. Not everyone has the privilege of turning a pandemic into something fun or productive.” ⁣
—Unknown (Taken from artidote)

Therefore, I have gathered up five things you could and should do if you aren’t feeling your best which will surely help and doesn’t require so much energy in the process. Remember that we are all going through the same pandemic and that things will turn out fine in the end.

1. It’s OK to Seek Help

Not only now but in general there are a number of things you can do if you are feeling down.

  • http://kellimni.com/ Kellimni is an online safe space where one can virtually chat online with someone who can help. Everything is kept confidential
  • If you’re a University student you can also call + 356 2340 2235 or send an email at counselling@um.edu.mt.
  • Speak to a friend! We are all going through this together, be there for your friends and loved ones and hear them out.

2. Exercise!

Since we are spending our time indoors, it’s very easy to overeat and just stay in bed or sitting down, that’s why it is really important more than ever to move your body. Some light things you can try out are:

  • Yoga: There are tons of YouTube videos to get you started
  • Downloading an exercise app: 30 Day Fitness lets you pick the intensity and monitors your progress.
  • Just stretch! You’ll feel so much better once you stretch every muscle in your body, like you are reborn.

3. Plan Your Days

We are so used to having a routine to keep us sane that we might find our new lifestyles messing with our sanity. It is a good idea to restructure your days and stick with a routine. Even if it’s simple, it will make things seem a bit less all over the place. Write things down, set to-do lists and most importantly if you don’t stick with your plan, don’t beat yourself up, just get back on track.

4. Avoid News

COVID-19 is all we tend to hear nowadays and it’s not going away anytime soon. Turn off your phone, take off your news notifications and only allocate a certain time to check the news each day and that’s it. You’d feel much better not constantly reading something about this virus.

5. Get Some Fresh Air

Vitamin D and some fresh air will really do you good! Go to your balcony or rooftop and simply enjoy it! Relax and breathe in.

We are lucky to be alive. It is a daunting time for everyone and as difficult as it might seem, we really should count our blessings. At the end of the day we are not stuck at home but safe at home. It is not easy to stay positive in a time like this but these small tricks will surely make your days brighter than before.

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