How to Keep a Healthy Mindset During the Pandemic
Having a Healthy Mindset During Quarantine
As the world is going through many events like the pandemic, it's hard to look for a positive outlook in life. It seems like it's never going to end, especially as we stay in quarantine. But despite all of these negative events, it is possible to have a positive mindset as we live through this situation. According to recent studies, about 77,000 people have died from suicide and depression during the pandemic. Even though people need to avoid getting the virus, there needs to be more attention to mental health.
1. Keep in Touch with Your Friends or Family Virtually
Being away from friends and family members can be pretty lonely. But, there is still a way to keep in touch, thanks to modern technology. Keeping in contact with friends or family members through face-timing, calling, or just regularly texting can ease the feeling of loneliness. Sometimes you don't even need to talk to people you know. There are discussion groups on social media, like Instagram or Facebook, for people who just want to talk and make new friends during the quarantine.
2. Develop New Hobbies
Ever wanted to start on that website you've been dreaming about? Or learn how to code? Then right now is the best time to start, considering the amount of spare time we have. Having a hobby is a great way to distract your mind from negative thoughts. It gives you something to look forward to each day. So, do something you enjoy doing to past the time.
3. Set Goals
Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated during quarantine, but setting goals can help you get back on track with your old daily routine. Even setting simple goals like doing chores or reading a chapter from your favorite book can be one step into being productive. The more goals you fulfill, the more organized and motivated you'll feel during the quarantine. So, to avoid boredom and procrastination, set goals to get you through the long days.
4. Exercise Daily
Now that you're not able to take those long walks to work or school, you need to find a new exercise routine. Just staying in bed and watching YouTube videos without doing any aerobic movement can be detrimental to your health. Just staying two weeks in that state can lead to metabolic issues and a decrease in muscle mass. And, of course, this will eventually affect your mental health. However, this issue can easily be solved; by watching workout videos and bodyweight videos online, you can easily get the 30 minutes of aerobic exercise that you need. So, if you start to feel weak and sluggish, It's time to start exercise again.
5. Speak with A Professional Therapist
If it seems like your mental health is getting worse, it might be best to speak with a professional therapist to see the problem. If you are experiencing depression or anxiety during quarantine, it would be good to see a professional that you can spill your feelings to without worry. A few examples of free online therapist services are Blah therapy, iPrevail, and Huddle. However, if you want a more professional one-on-one therapy session, Talkspace and BetterHelp are good examples.
6. Regulate Your Internet Usage
As you fall deep into the quarantine lifestyle, it is easy to use the internet for hours without realizing it. But, it is important to regulate your internet usage. Watching a lot of news can cause a lot of anxiety and depression. Of course, it is important to stay informed about current events, but being overexposing yourself can lead to paranoia. So, instead of using the internet all day, take time during the day to do other things like reading or exercising to avoid falling into the rabbit hole of the internet.
Living through this pandemic can be challenging: mentally and physically. However, with the right mindset and attitude, you can get through this. Keeping yourself productive and motivated can help you through the hardships of the pandemic. Having hope is key in shedding light on any situation. So, remember that the pandemic is temporary and there's still light at the end of the tunnel.