Yet again this year to deal with Covid-19 is something that has struck us all unexpectedly. However, this epidemic is affecting not only your physical health but also your mental health.
Whether you are living alone or living in another lockdown, anxiety and stress can really overshadow your mental health.
If you are experiencing too much stress and cannot stop worrying about factors that are beyond your control, try these tips. They may not magically relieve your stress, but they will help you cope in a healthy way.
1. Minimize your time on social media
Social media is a great tool for people in these times. We are all trying to help each other. However, remember to draw the line where necessary. Exposing yourself to constant crises of help can increase anxiety, especially when you are already struggling with your problems. Stay informed but take some time out if necessary.
2. Reduce physical contact, not emotional
Social distance is the least that we can do right now but while doing so, it is even more important to remain emotionally connected with our loved ones. Talking through video calls will also help you stay grounded and not be able to get away with all the negative intrusive thoughts. And more, we all need emotional support in difficult times. So check your loved ones as much as possible.
3. Ground yourself for medical activities
Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed, it becomes necessary to base exercises and activities. These will include activities that require greater presence of mind. Try painting (there are many applications available for this), meditation, reading, deep breathing exercises to calm yourself before engaging in any other activity.
4. Do not pay attention to your physical health
Physical and mental health go hand-in-hand. Whether it is a mild form of exercise, such as walking or a full-blown workout, some types of physical activity will also keep your brain in a healthy place. Now this does not mean that exercising will solve all your worries. It simply means that eating and eating nutritious food will keep your mind healthy.
5. Seek professional help
Finally, if you feel the need to seek professional help, do not hesitate. There are many resources available online which are inexpensive and will help you deal with your specific causes of stress. These are challenging times and seeking help is not only appropriate but also necessary.
We hope that this article will at least help you deal with your stress and anxiety. Take care, eat right and do not ignore your physical or mental health.