Maintaining mental health may seem like a challenge on a good day, but when a crisis takes place, it may seem like you’re struggling more than usual. When you’re faced with the challenges of not being able to see your loved ones, increased anxiety, and changes to your daily routine, it can seem almost impossible to keep your head above water. If you’re struggling, understand that you are not alone in this, and there are many others who are also struggling. During these times of uncertainty, it’s important to do what you can to take care of your mental health.
Don’t Lose Contact with Friends and Family
Even if you can’t visit your friends and family right now, you should never lose contact with them. Talk to someone every day if possible. You’ll need a strong support network to help you get through these trying times, especially if you find yourself sinking into depression. Leaning on your support network can give you the motivation to get out of bed or just give you a confidant to whom you can express your fears and struggles. Whether it’s family, friends, social media friends, your local community, neighbors, or colleagues, it’s important to have someone to turn to.
Get Fresh Air Whenever Possible
Going outside and getting fresh air can do a lot to boost your spirits. Not only does going outside give you a change of scenery, but it can also awaken your senses and make you feel better overall. Vitamin D comes from the sun, which can help ward off depression. Even if you have to spend most of your days indoors, try to aim for at least 15 minutes of sunshine a day. If you’re not able to go outside every day, you can always take advantage of the sun by sitting next to an open window for a little while.
Avoid Cutting Corners With Personal Hygiene
It’s necessary for your mental health to keep some form of a structure each day. Without a structure, you may feel uncertain, which can worsen your mental health symptoms. One thing that may be easily overlooked when life no longer feels normal is personal hygiene. It may feel okay to skip a shower here and there and stay in your pajamas for days on end, but it’s not good for your mental health. You may not have to get dressed up and ready for work each day, but you should still maintain a sense of normalcy. Make an effort to get dressed each day, brush your hair, shower, and even throw on some makeup, even if you’re not going anywhere. Occasionally, get dolled up with a new hairstyle and a nice outfit. Make sure to use a good hair protector when styling your hair to keep it healthy.
Maintain an Exercise Routine
Even if gyms are closed temporarily, there are still things you can do to maintain an exercise regimen. Any exercise is good, even if it’s just 15 to 30 each day. If you are not used to exercising, now is a good time to start, and you don’t need a gym membership. Start slowly, and work your way up. Set goals along the way with what you’d like to accomplish, and use that as your motivation to keep active.
It’s okay to feel what you’re feeling in times of a crisis because this is something that no one could have ever been prepared for. If you need extra help, never be afraid to reach out to a therapist to get that extra support you need. You can also find online support groups if you find you may need to talk to someone in between your therapy appointments. Do something for yourself each day to increase your spirits, and remember that you’re never fully alone.