Lockdown came as a surprise to everyone throughout the many countries that had it enforced upon them as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the concerns regarding the impact of Coronavirus-based lockdowns has been how people’s mental health has been affected.
For those who may be, or know someone who is, going through mental health issues like depression and anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some ideas that may help.
5 Ways to Help Mental Health
See a Wellness Counsellor
A wellness counsellor allows you to talk over any concerns you may have and is a chance to get things off your chest regarding how lockdown has made you feel, in a safe and non-judgemental space. They will be able to guide you in the right direction in regards to your mental health and may recommend treatments such as going to see other experts for further guidance.
Yoga is beneficial for our physical health, but also our mental health too, and it is something that can be practised during a lockdown situation, as well as post-lockdown, to help boost your mental health.
It is believed that yoga could help with depression and its related symptoms such as trouble concentrating or a loss of energy. It is a popular choice for people to use as a form of physical therapy to manage mental and emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
Pay Caution To How You Follow The Pandemic In The Media
It is very important to find a balance in how much you view and listen to the media regarding the pandemic. Sure, you may want to keep updated on the latest coronavirus news, but too much on the subject may prove to be not so good for your mental health. Keep informing yourself via the media, but limit the news when it becomes too much. Remember, you don’t have to monitor the news cycle at all times.
Avoid Speculation and Utilise Reputable Sources
It can be the act of rumour and speculation that fuels anxiety, so avoid any sources that you know not to be reputable, such as social media. On the other hand, if you have high-quality sources providing you with the latest information on the virus, it can help you feel more in control.
Guide Your Perspective Where You Can
Now, a lot has happened this year, and it can be hard to see positives during difficult occurrences, especially one as unusual as the current situation, but it can help to find positives in a situation if you can. For example, if you can put a spin on lockdown as being a situation that you were not looking for, but one that has not, necessarily, been all bad and has allowed for a different pace of life, i.e. less hectic, it could be helpful to your mindset and, in turn, your mental health.
We hope some of these tips have been helpful to you. This has been a year like no other, so it’s not surprising if, up and down the country, people are feeling that their mental health has been impacted. It’s important to try and recognise when it has, and know that there are steps you can take to get yourself into a healthier place once again.