The recent coronavirus pandemic has forced us to stay in our homes and practice social-distancing. However, all these measures have been undertaken for the safety of our families and loved ones. A little cooperation from our side can immensely help the government authorities in eradicating this disease. During this quarantine, we have come across a lot of ways to improve our physical health, be it dieting, exercise, or even environmental care. Celebrities, sportspersons and other influencers are encouraging their fans to stay fit and healthy amid this crisis. They are sharing tips and tricks to stay in shape. While staying physically fit is important, what’s equally crucial for us is to keep our mental health in check. The concept of mental health includes how you feel about yourself and others, and how well you manage to deal with the said feelings and daily hurdles. It is very important for us to stay mentally fit during these tough times. Here are some easy ways you can do so, during your lockdown.
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1. Cut out the negative news and excess social media intake
We would encourage everyone to limit their exposure to the negative news that we all receive through Whatsapp forwards and other baseless sources. Instead, customise your social media feeds by following more accounts and pages that make you feel good and cater to your interests. When you are already fearful about the pandemic, why bombard yourself with news that will only pull you down further, right? To keep fear and panic at bay, we advise you to limit your news consumption and follow social media pages that spread positivity.
2. Plan ahead and create a routine
With the closures of businesses, schools and some corporate jobs, most of us have ample time in our hands. Thus, creating a go-forward plan will help keep your mind at ease and will help you remain productive and organised. This could mean creating an at-home routine and schedule for remote work amid social-distancing. You can start analysing your life before this quarantine and how would you like to lead it in the future. Focus on things that are actually in your control and create action plans to address them. This activity will surely fill you with a lot of positivity.
3. Simply breathe and learn
Practising deep breathing or meditating are also great ways to alleviate stress and anxiety. Deep breathing helps you regulate your emotions positively. We should remember that panicking is not a solution to any problem but a cause to create a new one. Engaging in activities that distract you from current events can also be a way of meditation. You can watch your favourite movies and TV shows, pick up a new hobby like baking, painting or enroll in a free online course. Always remember there is a lot to do in life and panicking is definitely not one of them.
4. Read a book
Our work and hectic schedules often leave us with very little leisure time for reading. So if you’re a book worm, now’s a good time to finally pull out that mystery novel that’s been collecting dust on your bookshelf! Reading is the best way to spark your imagination and creativity. Books make for a perfect distraction from the troubled times that we all are facing. It’s now time to tick off stuff from your reading list!
5. Stay connected with others
For many of us, hanging out with friends and being out is one of the many ways to relieve stress. In the quarantine stage, however, this isn’t possible. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop communicating with your loved ones. Make it a point to video or voice-call your friends and distant family members. Keep the communication going so that you don’t feel isolated and cut off. Share some positive thoughts, giggle, laugh, gossip, and nostalgia. We are sure your friends and family members will lighten up your mood instantly!
How are you planning to stay mentally fit? Let us know in the comments section below.
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