The COVID 19 Pandemic is perhaps one of the most devastating events that have occurred in the last few decades. Worldwide, millions of people have died alongside businesses which also have perished in the process of having continuous lockdowns.
Each and every single day, as the battle against the COVID19 virus continues, uncertainties seem to grow bigger and bigger. And this has led to making a lot of people experience heightened anxiety and fear, some cases of which led to depression.
It doesn’t help that most of us are stuck inside our homes because of the strict lockdown enforced to stop the possible spread of the virus, something which also led to some experiencing cabin fever in the process of staying in for long periods of time.
During challenging times such as this, it is important to not only take care of our physical health but also exert effort in staying mentally fit.
By being mentally fit we refer to having that healthy state of well-being that allows us to act, think and feel on a positive note. This is crucial to surviving (and eventually thriving) during the pandemic.
Allow me to share with you some tips that will help you stay mentally fit during the pandemic:
1. Stop stressing over things beyond your control
Choose to let go of things that you have no control of and focus on those which you can influence. Remember at the end of the day, worrying or stressing over them won’t resolve the problem. Taking a step back and reflecting what can be done with what you have at present, will.
2. Give yourself time and space
Allow yourself to feel and experience your emotions at present. By recognizing them, you will be able to process them better. Take your time to understand your space. Don’t hurry healing. Instead, focus on what is important as of the moment: to survive at the very least. Note that you need not ask for anyone’s permission to take a time off for yourself when you are not feeling ok.
3. Establish a healthy habit
Being stuck at home should not be an excuse to set aside your physical well-being simply because that can affect your mental health as well. Establish an exercise routine which you can do at least 3x a week and practice mindfulness when it comes to your eating habits. Remember, having such activities can help you look good and feel good in the process of staying indoors. You are never too busy to make your health and well-being a priority.
4. Reflect and recalibrate
One of the ways you can maximize your time at home is by reflecting and journeying within to realize what you really want in life, how you can maximize everything that’s under your control at present. Being self-aware and being totally honest with yourself allow you to adjust accordingly in situations which you initially resist, something which unburdens you from unwanted stress to begin with.
5. Re-set your goals
Do away with the notion that your dreams have died alongside others during the pandemic. Choose to start all over again and think of what is workable here and now. You may want to chunk down a big goal and consider having mini milestones along the way so that you remain inspired all throughout your new journey. See value in starting all over again and be excited with the possibility of achieving something new.
6. Practice intentional living
Always remember that we have the power to choose, regardless of the circumstances surrounding us. Being intentional with our choices means that we only allow things/people/experiences that are good for us in general and can contribute to our growth. We don’t have to subscribe to anything that makes us feel less of a person or which gives us unnecessary stress. And this includes how you use social media and how you deal with people in your space.
7. Follow health protocols
One thing that brings us much stress is the fear of getting infected. So, one way to do away with that fear is to ensure that health protocols are followed. Get vaccinated. Wear your masks. Stay indoors. Go out only when necessary. Practice social distancing. Take your vitamins. Knowing that you’re doing your part allows you to become less anxious in the process.
8. Surround yourself with the right people
You must realize that you become the sun total of the people you surround yourself with so choose wisely. Do away with toxic relationships and be intentional in keeping people who are good for your mind and heart, closer. Remember, you don’t have to explain yourself or justify any reason that you may have for choosing these people who deserve to be in your space.
9. Reach out to a professional
Don’t ever be ashamed of seeking help when your mental health is at stake. Reach out to a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, or a coach, whomever you feel can best support you in your present state. You are the best investment you can make so don’t ever scrimp on what you truly deserve. And like what I always say to all my coaches, taking care of one’s mental health is one of the best forms of self-love. Because it takes a whole lot of bravery and humility to reach out and speak up.
10. Have an attitude of gratitude
There will always be something to be grateful for at the end of the day. So best if you will keep your own gratitude journal where you can list down all the random things, you’re thankful for, big or small. Counting your blessings intentionally and consistently will allow you to see life in a different light. Silver linings can do wonders for you during trying times.
So there, I hope that these tips will enable you to stay mentally fit during the pandemic, as you discover your very own #bestmeever amidst trying times.
Stay safe and inspired everyone!