The Pandemic and Your Mental Health

Being in home quarantine for more than 2 months now is really a struggle. People are losing jobs, businesses are being forced to close temporarily, families worry how they can support their needs and some of us wonder almost everyday what is gonna happen in the coming days. Praying and hoping that this pandemic ends soon. So, have you ever checked how your mind’s going on lately? What’s keeping you sane during these hard times? How do you take care of your mental health while being locked down in your homes?

Here are some of the things you can do to help you keep your sanity during this pandemic :

1. Keep yourself busy. It was hard to keep yourself busy most especially if you know you have all your free time at home. This quarantine period has made me ran out of new things and hobbies to try! You have to keep on thinking about something new to do everyday. Maybe, try a new hobby like sewing, baking, cooking, gardening, learning to play a musical instrument, having a daily work out plan, etc. There are a lot of things you can try. You just have to find your passion. Think of something that you’ve been wanting to do but you cannot because you are busy working before this pandemic occurred. Then now is the best time to pursue whatever that is! Instead of curling in bed and keeping yourself busy browsing the social media sites, why not try something that would make you move that body?

2. Eat healthy. You are what you put inside your body. All the junks you eat may cause emotional disturbances and may cause serious health problems in the long run. I have learned from my current job that fruits and vegetables provide the best nutrients in the world. Vegetables are better eaten raw and juiced for faster enzyme absorption while vitamins from fruits are easily absorbed by our body if these are NOT being juiced. I have also learned that dairy products are mucus-producing foods which we should avoid. Lessen your sugar intake, as this can cause pimple breakouts to some and in turn would give you low self-esteem. Lessen your caffeine intake, it can cause palpitations and anxiety if taken in large doses. BTW, I work in a hotel which advocates wellness. You may want to visit their FB page ‘La Bella Boutique Hotel’.

3. Exercise. When we exercise, our body releases hormones which make us feel good. Also, it keeps the good flow of oxygen in our brain which makes us think clearly. So instead of slouching in your bed, you better keep that booty working! There are a lot of work out apps you can download on your mobile phone. In my case, I downloaded an app called Butt Workout by 7M/Booty App for free. It really works ‘coz you can customize the number of circuits you want for each workout. For more challenging workouts, I have downloaded also the Ab Workout by 7M/Abs & Core. It’ll surely make you sweat and lose those calories!

4. Practice yoga. My current job introduces me to this practice and it has amazingly helped me cure my back pain. I used to have this pain particularly in my lumbar spine. Some yoga practices give breathing exercises which can help us relax and put our minds in peace. And just like working out, it gives you that good feeling after. I have also an app on my phone called Yoga for Beginners/Mind and Body by Fast Builder Limited and you can also download it for free. You need not worry if you are a beginner because it will teach you how to execute each poses. For me, it is an exercise not only for the body but also for the mind. If you’re feeling angry, sad or gloomy, try sitting at a quiet spot in your home and take deep breaths for a moment and do some yoga poses.

5. Connect with your most trusted friend. Now I can see how important it is to have someone you can tell everything you want to share. It doesn’t matter how many friends you have ‘coz what matters is you have someone who’s always willing to listen and understand you. Someone you can fully trust. Someone you won’t be ashamed of telling how you feel or what’s going on your mind. It’s not Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram you should be sharing your thoughts with, it should be shared to your most trusted friend. And whatever you are going through, know that there are people willing to listen to you. If you think, you have none, you can shoot me a message and no one will ever know. Hehe.

6. Feed your mind with positive thoughts. One way of doing this is having a ‘SocMed Detox’ and that means you will not open any of your social media accounts. The world is already full of negative things posted on Facebook, Twitter etc., and you may not want to absorb any of those energies. We cannot stop the bad things from happening but we can control how it affect us. Even if we are in chaos right now, there are still a lot of good things to look forward to. This will not last forever. This too shall pass. So stay positive! You might be one of those who lost their jobs, but this is not the end of the world. Why not turn your hobby into a business?

7. Keep a journal. One of my college professors once told us that if we write and keep a journal, we would not be forgotten when we die. And that inspired me to create this blog site. I am a frustrated journalist/editor. And in this way, somehow, I can live that dream I once dreamt about. Having a journal helps you release the negative energies in your body without destroying anything or anyone around you. If you feel, there is no one who wants to listen to you, you can simply write everything on your journal. It would somehow make you feel good. Trust me. I’m doing that. 🙂

8. Pray and meditate. This is so far the most effective way of keeping your sanity during these times. With all that are happening, I know, it is hard to think clearly. And I know we all want that peace of mind. Sleep helps a lot to keep your mind in shape. When you find it hard to sleep at night, don’t count sheep, talk to the Shepherd instead as they say. This holds very true ‘coz no one could really give us that peace of mind but Him. We need not worry because He is our Provider, Our Doctor, Our Savior. We just have to keep our faith because He is true to His promises. So just hang in there. You are not alone and will never be alone. I am with you in this journey and we are with God. If tips nos. 1-7 did not work, talk to your Creator. He is always willing to listen.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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