As the unlocks begin, life around the world is returning to the 'new normal'. However, the battle against COVID-19 is still not over. With social distancing norms and restrictions still being in place, our movement outside is still limited. This can have an impact on our overall wellbeing and mental health. While some are coping up with it in their own ways, others may feel stressed out due to the uncertainties and changes taking place.
The rising stress levels and overall pressure is something we all must comprehend. Our work patterns have changed, and the teleworking environment can be challenging for some to cope with. In these tough times, we need to take certain steps to ensure quality and peace of mind.
So, here are 8 ways to improve your mental wellbeing and staying positive in this pandemic situation:
Limit your time online
As social distancing continues, people are using online means to stay connected, and that can have a drastic impact on your mental health. According to estimates, an average user is spending 352% more time on social media apps than before. The daily time on social media has increased too, going to 4 hours per day compared to 1.5 hours previously. This is not counting the time spent in online meetings or video chats.
While it is okay to browse social media sometimes, most of the content these days is on the negative aspects of the pandemic. Reading this continuously can take a toll on your mental health. So, try to limit your time online using apps or settings in your smartphone to track it. If you are up for it, why not consider a social media detox for a week? Just focus on work calls and communicating through messaging apps. Challenge accepted?
Create a work schedule and stick to it
Remote working may seem easy on the get-go, but the realities start to show up as time progresses. Since we are tuned to getting into work mode in the office and relaxing at home, this takes a toll on our time spent working. A lack of schedule can be detrimental to your overall lifestyle and takes up your personal space. To avoid that, create a work schedule and stick to it.
The best way to get into work-mode is to have daily stand up meetings to kickstart your work schedule and get into productivity mode. Have your tasks for the day listed out and aim to finish them within office hours. Use the extra time to learn, relax and have fun!
Practice self-care daily
Like your physical health, your mental health needs to be taken care of. This can be simple routines to destress and relax, like doing yoga, meditation, or just spending a few minutes focusing on your breathing. Take out only 5-10 minutes of your day to practice self-care and watch how it impacts your overall day.
Exercise to stay fit mentally
According to a study of 1.2 million people, it was found that people who exercise regularly don't just get the benefits for their physical health, but also impacts overall wellbeing. People who exercise reported reduced anxiety, higher positivity and lower stress as compared to those who did not exercise at all.
A mere 30-45 minutes of regular exercise routine 3-4 times a week can have a massive impact on your mental health. So, even if you cannot go out and burn those calories, start doing indoor exercises that have a similar effect. And if you are looking for some motivation, join your colleagues on the GoVida app to track your fitness and get exercises routines that can be done at home!
Spend quality time with your family and friends
Although being confined within the home has its limitations, it is an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with your family. To make the most of this time, enjoy a meal with your family, plan a remote get-together with your friends or randomly call a friend to connect. If you are staying away from your family, have a regular call with your loved ones to keep mental stress away!
Maintain a positive atmosphere
Most of the stress and anxiety are likely induced because of the constant consumption of negative news and events happening around you. So be selective of your time spent on reading or watching news. Instead, try to spend more time on creative aspects or learning something new.
Please pick up a long-forgotten hobby and start spending more time on it. There are innumerable videos and online tutorials to learn and master the things you have always wanted to. So, whether it is playing the guitar, reading a novel, learning a new language or just indulging in some gardening, singing or other hobbies, maintain a positive atmosphere to help unwind and relax!
Reach out and lend support
Social distancing and working remotely can lead you to feel isolated and lonely, and this takes a significant toll on your mental health if not treated in time. To keep that feeling away, regularly interact and reach out to someone you can trust in case you need support. Taking it out and knowing that you are not alone can help to take the stress away and instil a feeling of positivity.
And while you feel positive, do not feel shy of spreading that happiness to those around you. Lend support to those who you think are feeling stressful and create a healthy and positive environment, whether with your colleagues or family! Helping others manage these stressful times will help you to stay positive as well as make you feel happier.
Don’t feel shy to seek professional help
Lastly, the depression and mental health are serious concerns, and at times require professional guidance. In such times, do not feel shy about seeking professional help and reach out to the right mental health professionals to get the right advice. Mental health professionals are trained to help you in times of stress and provide the proper guidance while keeping all your information confidential.
So, if you are feeling stressed, depressed or gloomy, Signup for the Helpline - Let's Talk that provides a one-to-one platform to seek professional help.
These are just a few tips to help you feel positive and energized in these tough times. So, eat at the regular times, take in some sunlight, and exercise to boost your immunity system and stay energized to take on new challenges!