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Taking care of your mental health

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 20, 2020
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It goes without saying that these are very stressful and mentally draining times. With the information overload, worries about health and finances and the overwhelming, ever present anxiety about what the next day has in store, looking after your mental health is more important than ever. So here are some things you can do to keep yourself sane.

Step away from the news
It’s very easy to fall into the deep, dark whole that is the news cycle. The constant updates and refreshing can take a major toll on your mental health. Take the time to step away from it. Put down the phone, turn off the TV and/or computer, and let yourself just be for a time. As much as we wish to be updated, you need to allow time for your brain to process things. This helps you think clearly and calmly.

Find activities that bring you joy
There is something to be said about stress baking (if you can find the flour). Enjoying a good movie, or re-binging that old series just one more time can help you live in the moment and unwind. For me it is watching some of my favourite let’s plays on YouTube or writing stories with my friends. I have also acquired some leafy refugees to brighten up my house. There is no shame in finding things to do that you enjoy.

Move, even if you’re at home
Make sure to look up your area’s current guidelines, but, if possible, take the time to go for a walk outside, particularly if it is sunny. Not only will you get the benefit of mood enhancing sunshine, you’ll also get some fresh air which helps immensely. If you’re at home, do some stretching or yoga. For me, if I cannot get to the gym, I break out the ole Just Dance on the Switch. Whatever gets you breathing and moving.

Maintain good sleeping habits
The biggest thing you can do for both your psychical and mental well being is sleep. To be able to fight infections and whatever other stresses come your way, your body and mind need proper rest. Establish a healthy sleep routine and do your best to stick to it, with the goal being to build a good sleeping schedule. This will help your health immensely.

Connect with others
Self isolation is lonely. I know. But I have been grateful to have strong, supportive online communities to keep me sane and to chat to. Whether this be online or calling a friend or family member, stay in touch with people. Maintaining the community spirit is how we get through crises.

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hushicho at 2:20PM, March 20, 2020

Very good advice. It's kind of surreal to see people losing their proverbial shit about...living what is basically my life. It would be nice if more employers would understand that remote working is not only viable, it really should be the rule and not this exception we're seeing only in a time of emergency. Just have self-discipline and do your best, and keep supporting each other, as people need to do.

Avart at 11:59AM, March 20, 2020

Excellent article, than you! :)

Banes at 8:39AM, March 20, 2020

I'm still working at full schedule (sadly) but when I'm off I'm enjoying catching up on the series Archer...and somehow I got sucked into watching reaction videos to Breaking Bad (a quicker way to rewatch that series, I guess!)

Banes at 8:38AM, March 20, 2020

Great stuff. Important to remember!

Andreas_Helixfinger at 2:36AM, March 20, 2020

Just the right stuff for me👍

sphinx8k at 2:24AM, March 20, 2020

👍

Ozoneocean at 2:06AM, March 20, 2020

Good advice ^_^

plymayer at 12:43AM, March 20, 2020

:)


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