Written by Antonia Peters
So we are still in lockdown…
It’s unprecedented times for the world, and the uncertainty presented by COVID-19 means that our minds do not know what to expect next – leaving us in an anxious state of anticipation of the unknown.
We cannot predict what tomorrow will look like as the world is on pause and our lives have changed. As anxiety levels rise in response to this uncertainty, our mental health can easily fall into disarray. Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy mental state during this period of uncertainty:
1. Guard your mind Take the time to filter what you look at. In a day, individuals consume about 34GB worth of information. That’s 145 episodes of Love is Blind!
We watch, listen, read, and see so much and it all plays into how we feel. So, we have to be careful with what we take in. Subconsciously we can take in information that will have subliminal effects on our moods.
Practically, guarding your heart can be: avoiding misinformation, limiting the amount of news we watch or hear, blocking or muting social media accounts that share negative news, and finally, muting those broadcasts on WhatsApp.
2. Rest Home is supposed to be our sanctuary – our place of rest – but now that home is the office, the school, the hub, the social spot, and more – home is feeling less homey.
There’s a huge irony in being at home and always being switched on. We’re constantly online – at work, with the family, with colleagues, with friends. Make time to take a step back from the screens and from the socials and rest.
For some of us, our body clocks are operating on PST timing, and so sleep is somewhere in between following instalive music clashes and binge-watching whatever Netflix has lined up for us.
The important thing for our minds is to switch off and get adequate rest.
3. Look after your body Just as you guard your mind you need to guard your body. So it is important that the food you consume isn’t detrimental to your body or your mind.
We naturally will eat more comfort foods because of the lockdown, but try to stay active either by doing some yoga, going for a walk or beasting a workout. It’s all about balance – between your food and your body, then your body and your mind.
The refreshing power of water cannot be understated. From taking a shower daily to drinking 2 litres a day, Water has a calming effect on the mind and body.
For those working from home, we are staring at screens more than ever before, water (and stepping away for breaks) is the key for those headaches that creep in when you’ve been staring at the screen for hours on end.
Bonus number Five For the times when you’re feeling extra anxious – put on wave sounds in your room or even through the whole house. It’s soothing, powerful and gets you to a point of relaxation – QUICKLY.
Meditation is also a great way to relax. Insight Timer and Headspace offer quick burst sessions that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the next meeting or task at hand.
These are just some tips on how to take care of your mental state while you’re locked indoors. What are some things that you are doing to keep your mental state balanced during the lockdown?
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