During this time of social distancing and isolation during quarantine, many of us are finding it difficult to maintain our mental health. This sudden shift in the way we live our daily lives is hard to adjust to and it can feel like you are living one continuous day. It is always important to practice self-care and to improve your mental health, but it is especially important during these trying times. If you are struggling with your mental health due to the effects of quarantine, below are some tips on how to practice self-care during this time.
Establish a Daily Routine
Keeping a daily routine can help keep a sense of normalcy and can help you stay productive. Be sure to start your day like you would any other workday to help you stay focused and feel like you are in an “at-work” mindset instead of an “at-home” mindset. Also, be sure to designate a spot solely for work that is away from areas that are meant for other activities such as eating and sleeping. This designated work area can help you stay focused by minimizing distractions and can help lower anxiety.
Stay Connected to the Outside World
Be sure to keep in touch with friends and family not only to reduce boredom, but to also reduce the feeling of isolation. Take advantage of the numerous digital communication technologies at your fingertips and call your family, text your friends, or video chat with your coworkers. Humans are social beings who need social interaction to be happy and healthy so make sure you are fulfilling this instinctual need.
Focus on Your Physical Health
Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand. In order to have optimal mental health, you need to also focus on maintaining your physical health. Be sure you are eating healthy foods, drinking a lot of water, and keeping yourself moving. Take advantage of the numerous workout videos on the internet and use them to stay active.
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