Mental health has never been more critical. As the world grapples with the repercussions of a global pandemic, many are finding themselves battling old and new flareups within mental health. If you’re feeling more stressed or anxious than usual, you’re not alone. In any time of stress, it’s essential to protect your mental health.
Maintain a Routine
If you’ve lost your job or you’re now working from home, it can be easy to fall out of your usual schedule. But in the case of mental health, it’s vital to maintain a consistent routine. If you blur the lines between work and home (even when work is at home), it can spike your anxiety.
Instead, develop a routine that works best for your situation, and follow it each day. Wake up at the same time each morning, then shower and dress as if you were going to work. In any time of stress, it’s essential to stick to a schedule. This strategy includes maintaining regular meal times and a healthy sleep schedule. Sleeping too much, or not enough, can aggravate issues with mental health. When you keep a routine, you know what to expect and when to expect it, which can support a healthy mind.
Limit Your News & Social Media
In today’s situation, it’s tempting to check the news and social media every ten minutes. And with other instances of stress, you may want to source opinions from friends, family, and Facebook. But by fixating on constant information, you’re prohibiting yourself from seeking professional advice. If you have one already, be sure to continue your regular treatment routine and try to listen to the professionals.
Avoid Big Decisions
Those who suffer from disorders like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) will find this especially helpful. In uncertain times, you must stick to reasonable reactions as much as possible and avoid making big, important decisions based on the opinion of others. By avoiding toxic messaging on social media and listening to the professionals, you can reduce stress and anxiety during stressful times.
Practice Mindfulness & Acceptance
You’ve probably heard of mindfulness, as it’s a popular, household buzzword. To summarize it in simple terms, by practicing mindfulness, you can train your mind to stay in the present. When we overthink about the past or future, it can trigger mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Mindfulness and acceptance, on the other hand, focus your mental energy on what you know, what you can control, and accepting the situation as is.
Live and Think in the Present
Some ways to exercise mindfulness is with meditation, pausing between activities to reflect, eating slowly, and observing your breathing. By using these tools and slowing down, connecting with your senses, and perceiving your actions, you can start to be more present in your life. This technique benefits mental health by helping you avoid stressful triggers.
Lastly, try to be kind and forgiving to yourself, especially in times of crisis and stress. Most likely, today’s world will trigger stress and anxiety, so it’s important to be forgiving and kind. Protecting your mental health and taking the strategies above will help you navigate these unprecedented times, as well as any stressful situations that arise.