Taking Care of Your Mental Health

mental health

Around the world, these are testing times for each and every one of us. We are overloaded with information, both that’s true and those that are rumours. As human beings, we like to believe that things are under our control, at all times. And pandemics and natural disasters take that control away.

At such times, it is not only important to take care of your physical health, but also your psychological health. Following are some of the tips that can help:

  1. Understand the risk

Stay up to date regarding COVID-19, but trust only authentic sources. Following are some of the authentic sources of information.

  1. Take Digital Break

Refrain from being glued to news channels 24/7. Do not believe every message or tweet circulated in social media.

  1. Stay Connected
  • Facetime/Skype with loved ones
  • Telephone or text messages
  • Online games with friends
  1. Take Up a New Hobby or Finish Work You Have Been Postponing

Distract yourself by working on a hobby or developing a new one (read a book, watch movies, gardening, cooking, art, poetry writing). Do work around the house that you have been postponing all these years due to lack of time.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Adequate and healthy sleep cycle.
  • Daily schedule of working and resting.
  • Eating nutritious food.
  • Exercising/yoga at home.
  • Practice meditation/relaxation.
  1. Vent Out

Do not be afraid to discuss your anxieties and fears with loved ones. It helps to ventilate and talk things out.

  1. Spread Positivity

Be optimistic and maintain a sense of hope. There are a lot of good things happening around as well; pollution levels have gone down, you are getting to spend time with yourself, kindness is at its best. Many people have been cured!

  1. Maintain hygiene

Maintain hygiene, but do not be preoccupied with it ALL the time. Be mindful of washing hands, and not touching metal surfaces, do not cough or sneeze without tissue paper.

  1. Be prepared
  • Make a list of helpful contact numbers and emails – places providing healthcare or quarantine services.
  • Keep enough supply for prescription and non-prescription medicines to last at least a month.
  • Keep enough groceries and non-perishable items to last for a month.
  • Talk to family and friends nearby about how you would support each other, in case one household is quarantined. For example, dropping supplies outside the front gate.
Parenting during Covid
  • Explain the situation to the child in a language appropriate to their age-level. It is important not to create panic in the child and at the same time, making them realize the brevity of the situation.
  • With young children, it is a good idea to play games and get involved in their activities.
  • Slightly older children/adolescents can be engaged in household activity (don’t forget to appreciate them for their efforts).
  • Child/adolescent should be encouraged to maintain some form of daily routine (e.g., personal hygiene, spending a few hours to catch up on their academics and indulging in extra-curricular activities.
  • Do NOT stop them from interacting with their peers online or playing games, but enforce limits to the same or make it contingent upon them completing their other responsibilities.

The WellSteps Team