Maintaining Your Mental Health During Self-isolation & Social Distancing - Covid-19
“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”
During these unprecedented times when the nation is being told to keep a distance from one another, the topic of mental well-being is critical. Whether you suffer from mental health issues yourself or know someone who does, you will likely be affected by mental health at some point in your life. One in four people in the world will suffer from mental health problems so it’s important to know how to improve your mental well-being.
Here are 4 easy steps to mental well-being
Step 1: Connect with other people
There are so many benefits to having a strong support group of friends and family. Although the majority of us cannot meet our friends and family in person, a simple phone call can encourage a feeling of self-worth and belonging – an opportunity to share positive experiences that can train the mind to focus on positives rather than dwelling on the negatives. Think about your school days, when you came out of an exam everyone would talk about which questions they missed but never about the questions that were completed perfectly. If you begin to focus on the positives, then this will automatically put the mind in a more positive state. Utilise digital technologies such as video calling, instant messaging services or the humble telephone to stay in touch with your friends and family.
Step 2: Be physically active
Not only does exercise improve your physical health and fitness but it can also raise your self-esteem. It is proven that exercise causes chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood. It also has the benefit of helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them which again can train your brain to focus on achievements rather than failures. We must stick to the government’s guidelines to restrict the spread of Coronavirus, however, leaving your home once a day for exercise (unless you’re displaying symptoms, have adverse health conditions or are in a high-risk group) may help with your mental health over the next few weeks.
Step 3: Learn new skills
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental well-being, this could even be as simple as learning to cook. If you learn to cook and spend an hour each night by yourself in a kitchen cooking it can calm your mind down so you don’t focus on any worries you may have experienced during the day. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your everyday life.
Step 4: Pay attention to the present moment
Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.