The effects of Covid-19 on our daily lives is nothing new by now. Many of us are aware of the dangers and risks that comes with going outside but are we aware about the dangers that are present within ourselves? Our mental health, which is often overlooked, is vulnerable to be affected by the situation that is taking place around us. Things take an uglier turn with many losing their jobs as well as shops closing down due to the worsening economy. Public health actions like social distancing are necessary to curb the spread of Covid-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely which increases our stress and anxiety levels. With the increasing number of people taking their own lives, it's time we embrace the importance of acknowledging and managing our emotions.
It's a lonely world
If you find yourself feeling lonely at home, try to interact more with your friends and family through online means. Set up a specified time and day where you make a call be it a video or voice chat to a friend or relative. Getting in touch with your loved ones often will help to reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness which is a catalyst for overthinking and anxiety. Sure, meeting them in person is what everyone desires right now but it's best to continue practicing social distancing for the sake of everyone. Besides catching up with your distant relatives and friends, cherish the family you have at home. Have a conversation or even do things together with your parents and siblings to avoid feelings of emptiness and loneliness.
Go easy on yourself
It's easy to feel overwhelmed with what is going on outside while handling our own responsibilities indoors. At times like these, it's common to find yourself feeling unproductive and you struggle to complete tasks. Whenever this occurs, tell yourself it's time to take a break. To ease the stress and frustration of the implications brought by the pandemic on daily life, take a break from watching, reading, or listening to news stories especially those from social media. Knowing when you've got too much information will help you to stay informed while keeping yourself from getting affected by constantly hearing about the pandemic. Limit news consumption to just a couple of times a day and disconnect from mobile devices for a while.
Mind your body
They say the body and mind are one. What we feel emotionally may affect us physically and vice versa. Therefore, taking care of your body will bring positive changes to your state of mind. Give some love to your body by exercising regularly (at home, of course), eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, getting enough rest, avoiding substance abuse, going for routine health checks and of course, getting vaccinated as soon as possible. By taking good care of your body, you'll feel more relaxed and less stressed as your mind clears up. This way, you'll be able to overcome any negative emotions brought on by the pandemic effectively.
Lend a hand, or ear
Besides taking care of yourself, helping others around you who are also affected by the pandemic can also be beneficial for your mental wellbeing. Simple kind acts like donating food to those who have lost their jobs or even listening to one's troubles will in a way, help you to cope with your own struggles as well. Helping those in need will give them a feeling of hope and assurance, and seeing the smile on the faces of people you've helped will certainly warm up your heart and soul.
Times are tough and many people are struggling to get by each day. However, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel and help is always available. Therefore, we should prioritize our mental health like how we would with our physical health in order to see the day when everything returns to normal. If you require additional help, you can reach out to Befrienders KL at 03-76272929 for additional support. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with the troubled and may their lives turn around for the better soon.