The COVID-19 pandemic impacted everyone worldwide. Aside from the obvious public health crisis, a second catastrophe has become apparent: the mental and emotional toll of loss, isolation, and uncertainty.
It’s critical to acknowledge how difficult things have been, but it’s also up to us to take control of our physical and mental well-being. Let’s look at some basic tips for doing that.
Take Care of Your Body
Your mind and body are intricately connected, which is why doing the basics physically can help your mental state. This entails getting enough sleep, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet (which includes occasional indulging in your favorite foods), and getting some exercise every day.
Keep Up with Your Hobbies
When we’re depressed, it can be challenging to find the motivation or desire to do anything, even things we enjoy. However, it’s more crucial than ever to make time for these things. Doing so boosts the positive-feeling hormones in your brain, and those benefits carry over into everything else.
Stay In Touch with Loved Ones
Even if you have to be apart physically, you don’t have to be apart emotionally. Schedule time for phone or video chat dates with people you would usually see in person. Share meals over video chat with people. There are even apps and programs where you can host a game night or hang out with friends.
Maintain Work-Life Balance
Many of us worked from home for the first time during the pandemic. If you’re among them, it’s essential to separate work and the rest of your life. Try to have a different space in your home for work that you can leave at the end of the day. Take your allotted breaks away from your desk, and try not to check email or do other work projects outside of business hours.