The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic means that your life will be very different now to how it was just a few weeks ago. This can cause you to feel anxious, stressed, depressed, lonely, and frustrated. It can make you feel as though nothing will ever be all right again.
This is normal. What we are going through is unprecedented, and most, if not all, people are going to be feeling the same things you are. Some of these feelings could turn into mental health disorders such as PTSD and depression, and for some, there is no way to prevent this from happening. But if you can cope during COVID-19 and keep yourself as mentally healthy as possible, this would be a very good thing. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
One of the biggest issues people find with COVID-19 and its measures to help reduce the effects of this disease, is that, due to social distancing, we can no longer see friends and family whenever we want to. This can lead to feelings of fear, loneliness, and anxiety.
The best thing to do is to stay connected. It’s true you can’t be together physically, but you can still talk on the phone, or you can use video calling to see one another. Even sending a daily email update and reading the responses is a good way if that works for you.
Talk About Your Worries
This is such a strange time and it’s perfectly normal to feel afraid, worried or even helpless. However, it’s important to talk about your worries. Keeping them inside because you don’t want to be a ‘burden’, or you don’t think anyone would understand or care, or because you feel embarrassed is a bad idea. It will only make you feel worse.
Talking about your problems won’t necessarily make them disappear, of course, but it can make them seem much less of an issue and you’ll feel better for it. You may even find that others have the same worries so you’ll know you’re not alone. Again, this is a positive thing for your mental health.
Look After Your Health
Staying indoors all day, no longer having access to the gym, being bored and potentially snacking a lot more than usual, or not getting enough sleep due to worry… these are all things that can cause your physical health to suffer, and they are issues that many of us are facing right now.
If you want to cope better during COVID-19, then looking after your physical health is crucial. If you are feeling good physically, you’ll feel more positive mentally as well. Although it would be easy to fall into unhealthy habits, you must always keep your physical health in mind by eating well, sleeping properly, and exercising. You might not be able to go out to exercise, or see your personal trainer, but there are countless videos online that you can follow in your home.