Looking after your mental health is one of the most important things you can do. To say we are living in uncertain times is an understatement. Regardless of your thoughts on the pandemic, Covid-19 has dramatically changed our world and the social and economic effects have impacted many lives.
Physical concerns aside, Covid-19 will also affect a large proportion of the communities mental health which is why it’s important to support our health daily – both physical and mental. So how do we do that? Read on for some positive tips from Man Anchor.
1. Stay Connected
Tip: Be creative in how you connect with friends and family like virtual coffee or drinks.
Social distancing does not equate to social isolation and staying connected and communicating with friends and family is key to supporting positive mental health. This pandemic will cause stress to many and in some cases trigger a mental health crisis. The economic downturn will also cause unbelievable pressure and it’s important we give the people around us the green light to reach out for support.
2. Stay Active
Tip: Get someone to participate with you in your activity be it a partner, friend or family member.
The power of exercise is truly amazing and is key to a healthy mind. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Exercise can be the perfect way to de-stress and “zone out” from the pressures of life creating a perfect spot to gather your thoughts with a calm and positive mind-set. Anything from a 15-minute run to a 1-hour walk can be beneficial and make a positive impact. Please be mindful of responsible social distancing practices.
3. Limit News Feeds
Tip: Set yourself a time (once or twice) in the morning and evening to watch the news.
It’s important to stay connected to information regarding the pandemic however we need to be mindful that constant barrage of negative media can have a negative effect on you and your family’s mental health. The continuous feed of information can cause distress and anxiety which will impact your ability to think in a proactive manner.
4. Know The Signs
Tip: Having open and transparent conversations about the impact of the pandemic can allow you to identify subtle changes in your own and others mental health.
We should all have a basic understanding of the signs and symptoms relating to mental illness. The pandemic will cause stress which could trigger a disorder such as anxiety and depression. In knowing this, if we can identify when we, or someone close to us, is becoming unwell and address it with proactive early intervention the likelihood of it becoming an illness is far less. Mental illness effects a person’s thinking, emotional state, behaviour, and physical wellbeing. If these changes and symptoms last longer than a few weeks, or impact the person’s ability to function or carry out daily activities, it is recommended they seek professional support.
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