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MENTAL HEALTH DURING QUARANTINE

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TIPS TO KEEP YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN CHECK

Quarantine hasn’t been the easiest thing to adjust to lately. Being stuck inside in order to keep yourself and others safe comes with a few setbacks. One of those is the deterioration of one’s mental health. It’s not healthy to be cooped up inside every hour of the day, and quarantine has shown us how damaging it can truly be. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are small ways you can help combat not only boredom but preserve your mental health.

Keep Yourself Active 

This may seem hard to do, but you can still be active without the gym. Go out for a run or a stroll, but make sure to wear your mask and stay safe. You can even stay active indoors. There are plenty of home workout activities you can do. Many online fitness gurus have advertised virtual workout classes that anyone can take part in. You can even work out from the comfort of your own bed, if you’re someone who wants to be active but hates leaving their bed, by doing exercises such as; the half-bridge, forearm plank, and tabletops. While it is important to stay physically active, it’s also important to stay mentally active. There are hundreds of free and easily-accessible brain games and apps that keep you engaged.

Pick up a New Hobby or Rediscover an Old One 

This is the perfect time to discover new hobbies that can distract you from the boredom and routine of your life in quarantine. It’s also a great time to rediscover old hobbies that you put aside for not having the time for it. Hobbies help you defeat boredom and stay busy without using work as a way to do so. They help replace the unhealthy habit of staying in bed and mindlessly scrolling through social media.

Meditate to Ground Yourself  

Meditation has a lot of benefits. It can be a great way for you to stay grounded and not lose yourself during the quarantine. Meditation helps your body rest and recover when you’re under tremendous stress. It helps with mindfulness, the practice of focusing and bringing one’s attention to experiences happening in the present moment while acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings and thoughts. Meditation teaches us to not be focused on the what-if’s that cause anxiety. With all the chaos going on in life, taking a few minutes to focus on your breath can help ground yourself and let you think more clearly and calmly.

Don’t Hyper-Fixate on the News 

Yes, it’s very important to stay updated on what’s currently happening in the world, but it’s also very unhealthy to keep track of the news 24/7 because of the stress and anxiety it can cause. It’s especially true if you’re someone who finds themselves constantly drained emotionally and mentally by the media. You can still keep yourself updated, but make sure you’re not hyper-focused on every aspect of the news, or else you’ll find yourself continuing to be drained and anxious. There needs to be a balance and it’s possible without remaining ignorant of what’s going on in the world while you’re stuck inside. 

Stop Glorifying Being Busy and Just Relax

Being busy is something that is constantly glorified in our society. Especially during quarantine, it’s easy to feel like you have to keep yourself busy with work because you don’t want to feel lazy. Realistically, thinking you have to keep yourself busy 24/7 is unhealthy and can lead to a deep spiral of stress that is not healthy for your mental stability. This glorification of being busy Is something that is definitely not needed during a time where we all are all quarantined inside. Take time to treat yourself. Indulge in fun and relaxing things such as putting aside a day to pamper yourself. There’s a time for work, and there’s time for play. During this quarantine, we should be making play and relaxation more prominent in our lives.

These tips on how to keep your mental health in check may be small, but they can help a lot. By doing any of these things, you can keep yourself sane until the quarantine is over. Until then, make sure you take care of yourself physically and mentally. With everything going on, protecting your health should be a top priority.