The global strain on mental health and dip in overall well-being due to the impact of Covid-19 continues to rise. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, up to four out of ten adults in the U.S have shown signs of an anxiety or depressive disorder since the onset of the pandemic, a sharp increase of 40% from 2019. This clearly indicates that efforts must be made to safeguard your mental health and improve your well-being. Here are some tips to help you achieve that.
Consciously manage your stress
The first to ensure that you prioritize your mental health and well-being is by consciously managing your stress. To achieve this, you have to sleep well and practice good sleep habits, such as sleeping for a minimum of six hours every night. You also have to eat healthily and add good supplements to your diet, including unconventional ones like CBD products. Another way to manage your stress is by exercising, as a good workout will lower your stress levels.
Recognize and avoid red flags
A key way to avoid stress is by recognizing and avoiding your red flags. Anything that will trigger your distressful thoughts or create a feeling of sadness must be quickly cast aside. Thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and actions can trigger such negative emotional spirals. Use the techniques prescribed by your doctor in the event you are triggered. Stay clear of anything that could lead to negative emotions.
Create a routine
Routines are great because they become what you are used to. The brain likes patterns, and with a routine, your brain and the rest of your body adjust and relax. Although this may take some time, creating a routine is one way to manage stress and improve your well-being. Find ways to fill your day with useful activities that will keep your mind from negative thoughts.
Humans are gregarious in nature, and as such, crave the company of others. Even introverts need to be in touch with others. Being alone can lead to bouts of depression which is not good for your mental health and well-being. Make good use of social media, make phone calls, and employ other forms of technology to maintain connections to people who matter in your life.
Though this may not be the conditions under which you put out your best, you should not slouch. Remember that boredom can lead to negative thoughts. So, get productive; get started on that hobby, read a book, learn some fun DIY, start a new workout, or try your hands at something new. You can also do something work-related if that will give you a sense of purpose. The emotional and cognitive load that the pandemic comes with can impact you in ways you may not have thought of. Engaging in something worthwhile will keep you focused.
This is really a time of unprecedented occurrences, and it will have a toll on your mental health and well-being. However, it is up to you to ensure that you stay safe by following good mental health and well-being practices.