As people around the world self-isolate because of Covid-19, factors like anxiety, a lack of social interaction or outdoor time and economic stressors can lead to mental health challenges. While everyone’s circumstances vary and people are experiencing this global pandemic in different ways, many have found relief using similar approaches. Here’s a few approaches to staying sane in the lockdown.
Take a walk
Get outside your four walls at least once a day. If you are concerned about contact venture out first thing in the morning or later in the evening. A simple walk around the block can provide the mental reset needed when you feel your mind slipping into negativity and need help staying sane.
Connect with people
Reach out to others daily. There are so many different ways to connect. Try FaceTime, Skype, phone calls or texting to connect with other people in order to seek and provide support to people that may be struggling too.
Have your safe space
Space can be pretty handing when it comes to staying sane, particularly with city living but It is important identify a space for retreat when things feel overwhelming. Identify a place where you can go to calm down when stressed. You can make this place cozy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags and even tents. It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.
Limit negative news
Regulate your social media and COVID conversation. The amount of negative news can be extremely overwhelming. That doesn’t mean to cannot update daily with key pieces of information. Check in with one trusted news source every day. What are you really going to miss? Somebody will soon fill you in soon enough.
It’s a fact that helping others benefits both you and them. Find ways however big or small to give back to others. Helping others will increase your own wellbeing through a renewed sense of purpose. Support local business, offer to shop for elderly neighbors, check in with friends and family. These acts of kindness help to levy perspective and get you out of your head, home and personal concerns.
Start a pet project
Find a long-term project to dive into. Now is the time to learn how to play an instrument, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, read all those unread books, paint a picture, crochet a blanket or start an online course. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to give you respite from what is going on in the outside world. Distractions are always a good approach to staying sane and it could also prepare you for the new normal with a vocational skill, new website or marketing plan.