How to Keep Your Mind Calm during the Corona lockdown?

On 09 April 2020 by Droobi

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Working from home, indefinitely delaying travel plans, social isolation, news overload, having uncontrolled children at home, losing jobs or money and worrying about the uncertain future…We understand. This is the definite recipe for stress, anxiety and depression.

Given that mental health is a substantial part of the overall health, we will take you through the 12 best practical tips to help you sanely overcome these challenging times.

  1. Avoid obsessing over the news, it won’t make you more prepared. On the opposite, repeatedly hearing bad news can affect your mood. So, choose to take the most relevant news for a limited amount of time each day and from one credible source only (www.who.int  or www.cdc.gov).

  2. Limit your social media exposure by setting a timer on your phone and being selective about what you choose to see. Even in regular times, social media can be very overwhelming.

  3. Stay connected to your loved ones through a phone or video call. Checking in with each other can help ease the stress while loneliness can negatively affect your mental health.

  4. Take an online course, read a new book, or both! Learning new things actually triggers positive thinking which you need most right now! Plenty of institutions offer various online courses related to every topic you can think of.

  5. Get artistic. Art is one way of letting the negative feelings out. Try to remember what hobbies you always wanted to do but haven’t had time for. Dancing, playing musical instruments, drawing, cooking… can really help relieve the anxiety in the moment. 

  6. Breathe deeply, it helps the part of the brain that’s responsible for fear and stress, to calm itself. Many applications for mindfulness and meditation are available nowadays, why not try one?

  7. Eat to nourish! Besides that it helps your immune system to function at its best, studies show that eating healthily can relieve depression.

  8. Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for depression. It makes your body produce the hormones responsible for the feeling of happiness. It can just be walking around the house, playing with your kids. Also you can learn online simple exercises ythat ou can perform at home.

  9. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep is strongly related to mental health issues. Not sleeping enough tends to lead to irritability and hunger during the rest of the day. 

  10. Implement Gratitude. Beginning the day by remembering 3 things that went well yesterday and  3 things you are grateful for today, can set you up for a positive day.

  11. Let out your feelings of stress and overwhelm to a friend or on a piece of paper. It can be therapeutic!

  12. Try to maintain a consistent routine. For instance, wake up and go to bed approximately the same time, shower, get dressed and exercise like you used to do. Keep a to-do list so you can see that you’re being productive and be encouraged.

Truth is, our feelings, behaviors and thoughts strongly impact our mental health which in turn can affect our physical health as some studies prove that the immunity of people who suffer from anxiety and depression is weaker. So be mindful and very selective of what you let in, think, feel and do.

Listen here to the words of a NASA astronaut who happened to be previously be locked down in space! Listen to what he says on how to stay calm during these times.

https://www.indiatoday.in/newsmo/video/coronavirus-outbreak-nasa-astronaut-tells-how-to-stay-calm-during-the-lockdown-1661887-2020-03-31

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