Crucial ways to improve your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Crucial ways to improve your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

WRITTEN BY: MADDY JOHNSON

The COVID-19 pandemic has left an impact on everyone, whether we have been directly affected by it or not. 

Many stores, restaurants and public events have closed, altered hours or cancelled, which can lead us to a period of loneliness in our lives. 

Here are some ways to improve your mental health and stay physically healthy during these odd times. 

Keep a clean space

Your bedroom should be a place where you feel most positive and comfortable, so it is important to keep this space clean. 

When you wake up in the morning, making your bed can instantly make your space feel so much cleaner and inviting. Light some candles for a nice scent and try to keep your body moving by putting away things that may be lying around.

Keep in touch with loved ones

With many public events and large gatherings canceled, it can be hard to stay social. Keeping in touch with family and friends can brighten your mood any day. 

Give them a FaceTime call so you can see their faces and reactions, or simply shoot them a text so they know you are thinking of them. 

These times are hard for us all so it is important to check in on our loved ones. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Create a self-care routine

This can be a routine that you do in the morning when you wake up or something you do at night before bed. Give your skin and body some love during these routines. 

Put on some moisturizer, watch YouTube videos to learn yoga or even something as small as putting on real clothes. It is easy for us to lounge around all day since many events are canceled. It is vital to stay, or at least feel, productive.

Find a hobby

It is easy for us to stay in bed all day watching TikTok, but finding a hobby can be so rewarding and it gives you a reason to get up. 

Start painting, learn to knit, create macramé hangings or start gardening. Just find something to occupy yourself and take some time away from the phone or television screen.

Work out

This one can seem like a no-brainer for staying physically healthy, but getting out of bed can seem like a chore most days. 

Working out does not have to involve lifting heavy weights or going to a gym, simply go for a walk to get some fresh air, watch at home yoga videos or do a zoom workout with friends. Find something to keep your body moving and stay active.

Eat healthy and drink water

Listen to your body.

Sometimes we find ourselves with a headache at the end of the day and just then realize that we had no water intake the whole day or have barely eaten. 

Drink water throughout the day and try to find healthy snacks or recipes to try out. It can be the easy way out to just grab a bag of chips for lunch, but finding a healthy new recipe can be delicious and rewarding.

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