Pandemics are a stressful time for everyone. Stress can be caused by fear of acquiring the illness, financial instability, and prolonged isolation. All these issues can lead to rising stress levels that can lead to even deeper mental health problems. The entire world is in partial or complete COVID-19 lockdown, and the isolation can take a toll on your mental health. For parents, staying cooped up with kids can even lead to depression and burnouts. It is, therefore, important to take care of your mental health and to keep calm during this pandemic by following some of the steps below.
The biggest threat during a pandemic is getting sick. Keeping your body healthy should be your number one priority. This can be done by ensuring you and your family enjoy nutritious meals rich in vitamins and minerals so as to improve the body’s immunity. Regular exercise also helps keep in shape and to relieve stress. It also keeps your mind and body occupied, thus keeping away stressful thoughts.
Avoid Overconsumption of Social Media
Staying home all the time may lead to an overabundance of time that you may wish to spend on social media. You should, however, avoid too much social media during a pandemic. This is because meeting depressing news each time may affect your mental health and heighten stress levels. Reducing your social media exposure is vital in staying calm during the pandemic.
Avoid Unverified Information
The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to an increase in fake viral posts, especially on social media like Facebook and Instagram. You should therefore avoid any unverified information, or seek verification about viral posts from credible sites such as government health sites.
Maintain a Routine
Routines during a pandemic help create a semblance of normalcy. All the changes brought about by the pandemic can be overwhelming and stressful. Keeping a routine not only keeps you busy but also creates the sense that everything is normal.
Connect With Others and Seek Help When Needed
When all is said and done, it is also essential to maintain social connections to retain sanity during this period. Make sure you check up on friends but steer away from pandemic-related topics. Also, it is crucial to seek help from a therapist if you feel depressed or overwhelmed by pandemic-related issues.