It’s been a difficult few months, as many of us have had our lives upended because of the pandemic that has swept the world. Our rhythm of life has changed, as we can’t do many of the things that we used to do. Social interactions are limited, employment may have been put on hold, and our regular social activities may have been halted too. Consequently, many of us are feeling the mental strain, and the chances are that you are too. But there are things you can do to care for your mental health during lockdown.
Keep yourself entertained
Boredom can easily set in when we’re stuck at home, especially when every day resembles Groundhog Day! So, do your best to fight it, as the more you can do to keep yourself entertained, the happier you will be.
You will then reduce any feelings of stress, and low moods can be kept ay bay. So, follow our advice here, and do something rather than nothing to occupy yourself, and try to focus on fun. By taking part in hobbies that you enjoy, and by doing things that make you smile, you might feel less resentful about the rigors of lockdown.
For good mental health during lockdown: Stay in touch
It might be that you’re living with other people already, so loneliness might not be an issue for you. But if you are alone, find ways to stay in touch with others.
Try using Skype, Zoom, or Facetime to connect with friends and family. They are all free to use.
Chat to people on Facebook, if that helps you too. And, if you’re friendly with your neighbors, talk to them at a safe distance from over the fence of your homes or across the hallway of your apartment building.
If you’re a social butterfly, then finding ways to talk to people is a must. But even if you’re an introvert by nature, it might still help you to have at least one conversation with a human being each day.
Contact somebody for emotional support
If you are struggling during this time of self-isolation, seek emotional support. It might be that you can get this from friends or family members, but if not, call a helpline, or reach out to a wellness center for online support. Talking through your stresses and worries is important, as they will only circulate around your mind if you don’t, so vent them, and benefit from the support that another person can give you.
Take care of your physical health
We are holistic beings, so what we do to our bodies we do to our minds. So, at this time, look after your physical health. Exercise each day, be that at home or outside, as the endorphin rush will do much to lighten your mind.
Be sure to eat healthily too, as you will then have more energy, both physically and mentally. Then you will then have a greater ability to fight stress and depression.
Concluding thoughts on mental health during lockdown
Life is challenging right now, but following the suggestions above can make life easier. So, try your best not to let stress overwhelm you. Live well and reach out to others, and do those things that can provide you a little bit of happiness each day for the sake of your mental health.