As the coronavirus pandemic continues to force many people to stay at home, or at least remain inside more than they usually would, it is important to be mindful of mental health. After months of adhering to social distancing guidelines and adjusting to remote work situations, it is understandable to be having feelings of isolation, loneliness or general lack of fulfilment.
Consider these methods to help boost your mood and improve your mental health.
- Exercise—Although certain types of physical activity—such as team sports or group fitness classes—may not be currently possible, there are still many other options for breaking a sweat. Consider finding online classes or taking a jog. Even simply going for a walk around your neighbourhood can help your mood.
- Connect—One of the most difficult parts of pandemic-related lockdown measures may be the lack of social interaction. That being said, there are still many non-traditional ways of enjoying the company of friends and family. Consider organising a group video call or even a watch party during which the group can all enjoy the same movie at the same time.
- Learn—Feeling fulfilled often works in tandem with feeling accomplished. While you may be unable to enjoy your usual hobbies or activities, it can be helpful to learn a new skill or introduce yourself to a new interest. There are many ways to get started with hobbies online, such as by watching instructional videos for arts and crafts. Learning to handle certain household chores or projects that you would otherwise hire someone to do can help you feel fulfilled and productive while also potentially saving you money in the future.
- Give—Whether it be through gifting material goods or volunteering your time, providing for others can be a great way to boost your own mental health. Being generous can also be relatively simple and doesn’t have to include a large gesture. Think of those around you who may be in need of social interaction. Even something as easy as giving them a call and chatting for a few minutes can make a big difference for both them and for yourself.
- Think—Feelings of isolation or loneliness can be particularly difficult if you have little else to think about. Keeping your mind occupied can be a good way of overcoming negative thoughts. Many board games and card games can be played online either by yourself or with others.
This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.