Taking Care of Yourself During this Time
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
When news about the COVID-19 virus spread back in 2019, I don’t think anyone could have predicted the true impact it would have on the entire globe. If someone had told me back then that international travel would be locked down and people would be forced to stay in their homes for weeks on end, I would have stared at them like they had grown another head.
Sadly, the reality of this situation and these unprecedented times have left many people feeling helpless, directionless, and unsure of how to move forward. Given the recent lockdown in South East Queensland, it seems fitting to discuss how to put your wellbeing and mental health first during these difficult times. Physical distancing and isolation inevitably leave people feeling alone, anxious, stressed, and worried. As human beings, we crave physical interaction with one another. Living without human contact and constantly worrying about maintaining social distancing measures is taxing on our mental health.
Being aware of how you’re feeling and knowing what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing is an important part of staying healthy during this challenging time. You must make a conscious effort to check in with yourself and seek out avenues to help maintain healthy self-talk. This can be through a support network of friends and family or through talking to a therapist. Looking after your physical health is an essential part of maintaining your mental health. Regularly exercising and eating well will have a tremendous positive impact.
Even during times of lockdown, it is important to keep this in mind. Stress and anxiety may also be negatively affecting your sleeping patterns but sleep is another essential ingredient to a healthy mind. If you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, there are apps and programs at your disposal which may help.
Living in the virtual age is a blessing during this pandemic because it allows us to remain connected. Be proactive with video calling and texting your friends and family in order to satiate some of that need for human contact.
Maintaining a routine can be extremely difficult with restrictions changing at a moment's notice but trying to establish solid rituals and routines are also useful tools when dealing with mental health because they give a sense of order and accomplishment to your day.
Finally, our last tip is to give yourself a break every now and again. Step outside, get some fresh air, and remember that you are handling this insane world as best you can.