I hope you are okay now.
Who knew, right? This whole completely unexpected crisis of 2019 has made us close the doors, distance ourselves, worry about our jobs and loved ones + we had to stay at home like never before. I’m not here to be the 2565th person to reminiscence how hard it was for all of us… I’m pretty sure we all just want to forget what happened.
However, it’s also good to learn from what happened and gather knowledge for similar situations that might happen in the future. This is what we learned.
How To Protect Your Mental Health During The Global Crisis
1. Stay informed, but don’t overdo it
With things changing and unfolding so fast, it easy to feel like you can’t control the situation and this, in turn, can create strong feelings of anxiety and panic. Please remind yourself that this is normal – at times like this, the majority of our population feels unsure, insecure, and unsafe.
The best thing you can do to minimize negative feelings is to stay informed and limit the amount of time you spend tracking the news. Choose reputable, official sources and your preferred, trustworthy websites, local news sites as your info sources.
Yet, don’t spend hours and hours looking for new information, because it is extremely exhausting and usually won’t do you any good. Check the news a few times a day, for a few minutes and then try to live your life normally (again – stay indoors if you can work at home, and limit social contact).
2. Don’t put your self-care to the second plan
Spending your days inside, with minimal social contact and probably – without a lot of activities you used to like can take a real toll on your mental health… If you totally skip your self-care. Again – it’s completely normal to feel like “things are not right”. They are, indeed, different in times of pandemic, a global crisis, or other extreme events.
It can be easy to fall into the trap of emotional eating, checking the news, worrying, ruminating, and being inactive. But taking at least basic self-care measures can help you to feel better and be more optimistic.
If you can, don’t forget to:
- Shower and brush your teeth daily, keep your skin moisturized to increase physical comfort.
- Find a form of movement that you can do inside – anything from yoga to Youtube pilates can help you to stay active without going outdoors.
- Nourish your soul with books, your favorite movies, and indoor activities that give you joy.
- Stay hydrated by drinking enough water.
- Allow yourself to breathe fresh air by opening your windows regularly.
3. Stay social via the internet
Hard global conditions don’t mean we need to become aliens to our friends and family. Call your loved ones via video chat to keep social contact online. Send e-mails and supportive SMS messages. By staying together, even if not in the same room, we can go through hard times easier.
Here are more tips that can help you build mental resilience during a global crisis:
- How To Be Fearless In Life
- How To Stay Resilient When Life Is Giving You Problems
- 12 Ways To Stop If You’re Always Expecting The Worst
- 3 Things To Do If You Regularly Can’t Sleep At Night
- 10 Best Foods For Mental Health & Better Mood
2019 pandemic outbreak was not the first time for our humanity to face big challenges – and not the last. Yet with hope, I believe we can adapt, overcome and emerge stronger.
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