Amidst this current worldwide pandemic, the social distancing rules take a hard toll on our bodies and emotions. Especially when it comes to mental health.
It is important to know that we are all together and no one is alone in this. The social distancing rules may keep us all 6 feet apart, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect. If you find yourself feeling stressed, anxious and lonely, here are the top 6 mental health tips while social distancing.
As we have established earlier, social distancing may keep people apart, but it doesn’t mean that everyone is disconnected. You can stay connected with friends, family and peers through social networks, video chats and even a simple phone call!
Acknowledge What’s Happening
If you start to acknowledge what is happening all over the world, it becomes easier to adapt. By acknowledging that yes, this situation is indeed stressful, but it is also outside of your control, you start to have a better mindset about the situation.
Find the Silver Lining
In every stressful situation, there is a silver lining. You might not see it right away, but it is there. For instance, this social distancing may have kept people apart, but it also provides you with more time for yourself to focus on your needs. Looking for the good in the little things is a great strategy to combat negative thoughts.
If you are feeling unsure of what to do, try and help others. It doesn’t have to be financial help. You can simply offer to listen to what their worries are, offer advice, or simply be a friend. Helping others can help make you feel better about yourself and ease your mind. It also helps make you feel like you are a part of a community.
Try Breathing Exercises
You have all the time in the world now to take care of yourself. Mindful breathing exercises are a great way to start. You don’t even have to spend 20 minutes to do this, even just 5 minutes will help.
Change your Expectations
Manage your expectations about everything. Remember to be easy on yourself, creating goals that are simply unrealistic can add more stress to yourself. Remember that just like everyone else, you are also doing what you can.