#MentalHealthMatters – 7 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself At Home
We are emerging from the intense lockdown issued by the Government to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. However, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. With the hopes of a vaccine etched on our minds and the future uncertain, staying in is still our best option to ensure we are not spreading the novel coronavirus. That being said, this self-isolation is not as easy as it looks, especially when it comes to mental health.
We are, by our very essence, social animals and stepping out of our house and meeting our loved ones was what kept us going on on most days. Moreover, reports have suggested that mental health issues are spiking all over the world due to the lockdown. From anxiety to depression, everything can overwhelm us right now. Thus, keeping your mental and physical health in check is of utmost priority right now. If you are struggling with this, first and foremost, reach out. It may seem like a tough thing to do, but it’s worth it and if you want other ways to care for yourself, here is a list of just that.
The internet can be a scary place or your saving grace, all in a day’s time. And if it is not doing the latter, switch off, after all there is nothing more important than your own mental health. You have zero obligations to stay online, and if anything is triggering your anxiety or mental peace, it is essential to take a few days off. On the other hand, if you are online talking to your friends or playing a game and it is making an otherwise mundane day fun, there is no harm in spending hours.
The bottom line is you control the effect of your internet on your mind and not the other way around.
Livestream Jam Sessions With Your Friends
Or just video call all your friends from school, work, college or anywhere. The point is to talk to people. Set up a day when all of your friends will take out time to chat about everything, from COVID-19 to what new thing they cooked recently.
Even taking an online workshop where you could see other strangers learning the same set of skills might be the breather you need. This, I can say from my own experience of attending a ‘Writing Workshop’ with one of my favourite travel bloggers and connection with like-minded people with a zeal for travel and writing.
Practice Mindfulness With Meditation
Just ten minutes of your day and the art of meditation will give you the headspace you need to conquer the day. Practice a simple breathing exercise where you focus all your attention on the present moment.
From being conscious of your surroundings to your own body and counting the in-breath and out-breath simultaneously, simple exercises can help you tackle anxiety/mental health in a less stressful manner. It might not give you an instant mood uplift, but make this your new thing once you come out of the lockdown and you will see its benefits for yourself in a month or two.
Bake A Cake
Cooking is therapeutic to some, and if you are one of those people, get down to it and bake whatever you like. Or maybe, finally, try that daunting Chicken Biryani recipe you relish so much but are afraid to cook?
The point is there are tonnes of things you can cook or bake and your kitchen is your oyster. This might become your thing and help you take your mind off the news and whatever is happening out there.
Binge-watch Your Favourite Show
If you don’t feel like keeping up with the world and watching all the new, amazing shows being released on Netflix and Prime every single day, go back to your favourites. The Nine-Nine Precinct is keeping me company for the time being until I return to my classic favourite Friends.
If you want to try some new shows, you can check out our recommendations here.
Exercise And Do A Home Workout
Movement is akin to medicine! Especially in a time when we are supposed to stay indoors for weeks and months at a stretch. If the nearest park has opened up and you can go for a walk with all the precautions, make the most of this.
If not, there is always a skipping rope and basic exercises you can follow from a YouTube tutorial. Take up a 30-day challenge and to make sure you see it through, ask your friends to do it with you. Plus, even research states that exercises helps with improving mental health and anxiety – so we recommend that having a daily exercise routine is a good habit to practise.
Plan For Your Next Big Vacay After The Lockdown
The anticipation of where you will travel after all this is over is sometimes better than the actual trip. Also, it is the only thing we can do now. Get down to it, research your favourite things to do, finalize a random (well-planned) destination and start saving for this trip. From an extended backpacking journey across North-East India or a foreign trip, whatever it is you have meant to do, plan for it today and let it give you a reason to smile, every once in a while.
All said and done, and sometimes we need to do something more substantial to keep ourselves sane. And the pandemic has already taught us that. This is why getting yourself insured is one big step in the direction of self-care. Avail the COVID-19 (Group Health Assure) from digibank by DBS -starting at a premium of INR 499, it gives you a cover from INR 25,000 to INR 2,00,000 for your Coronavirus treatment. Find out more here.