Because of the coronavirus outbreak, people are now at risk of suffering from mental health. And that is why the United Nations are calling for action. This is to address the issues brought by the virus.
In the first few months of the pandemic, our main concern was to protect ourselves physically – and that’s the ideal approach. But as the months pass by, people are now more anxious. There is this level of uncertainty that we all fear. And it can affect us mentally. This is true, especially for people who lost their jobs and are separated from their families. Let’s not forget the health workers and frontliners who are always placing themselves in more dangerous situations. They too are very much vulnerable.
The list could go on, and everyone should do their part to protect their mental health. Here are some ideas to help you.
Filter your source of information to protect mental health
Have you ever heard the term ‘infodemic‘? A lot of people are using the situation to create false or exaggerated news to gain website traffic. This incorrect information can be very alarming and can cause panic. To avoid such, only check news from reliable sources. We recommend checking the WHO or CDC’s websites.
You can also minimize your social media use. You cannot control what other people are sharing, so it is better to protect yourself.
Share positive stories
If you will use social media, it’s best if you share positive news such as progress in the medical industry or recovery stories from patients. We’ve seen several videos about thousands of people praising yet practicing social distancing. These things can calm us down and bring us hope.
Allow children to be expressive
Let your kids play around the house and use their imagination. Give them time to build a makeshift fort. Or perhaps, teach them how to cook or paint. This is also healthy for adults, and we say, do it right now.
Always stay connected with the people you care and love
This is the best time to stay in touch with your friends and families. Good thing we have the internet. Plus, technology allows us to have video calls. Maximize it right now. A 5-minute call can be healthy for you and everyone.
Stay physically active
Even if this post is about mental health, you should remember that doing physical activities can contribute to your mental state. That is why we encourage you to have an active lifestyle still. For people who can’t leave their homes, there are exercises which you can do in limited spaces. Some are even watching YouTube videos or downloading fitness apps to keep them going. If you have stairs, then go up and down multiple times. It doesn’t matter what type of workout you are doing right now. What’s important is that you keep on moving.
Choose the food you eat
And lastly, this is the best time that you become picky with your food choices. If you can store more vegetables and fruits in your pantry, then please do so. And get your supply of vitamins and supplements. These are the items that you have to invest on right now.