Looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown
As the country is currently facing an extended nationwide lockdown to attempt to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19, many people are experiencing increased levels of uncertainty, discomfort, anxiety and loneliness. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an exorbitant amount of stress for the country’s population from empty shelves in stores, fear about the disease and the impact that self isolation could have on one’s self.
It is also important to note that the heightened occurrence of this pandemic will affect everyone’s mental health differently. With that being said, it’s extremely important to stick to a normal routine as much as possible when it comes to sleep, exercise and nutrition, especially for people with existing mental health problems. As an individual, not only should you look after your own mental health during this lockdown, but also check in on friends and family to ensure that they are doing the same.
As mentioned before, everyone will react differently, but it’s necessary for people who are feeling either more stressed, depressed or anxious during this lockdown to know that there are ways to help manage this, and there are people you could engage with for support.
Here are 5 ways in which we hope helps you feel a bit better during the lockdown;
- Talk openly about mental health
People should be encouraged to talk about their feelings. Many people feel that talking about their depression or anxiety (or both) makes them feel better. By acknowledging your feelings, you may be able to focus on things that are within your control.
- Filter news and social media
As mentioned in a previous post of ours, the panic spreads faster than the virus. Constant updates regarding the pandemic can make you feel miserable. Make sure you filter what you watch or view on social media platforms. Have multiple breaks from social media, and mute triggering keywords and accounts.
- Eat an ‘anti-depression diet’
As odd as it sounds, a well-nourished body is better at handling stress. An ‘anti-depression diet’ often known as traditional Mediterranean food includes whole grains, vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts and almonds, and olive oil is known to calm your mental health.
Approximately 90% of depressed people struggle with sleep, which is likely to increase during this period. Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, achieving 8 hours of sleep. In addition, limit your screen time before going to bed as it will help you have a better sleep.
Clinical studies have illustrated that regular exercise produces chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin which are as effective as antidepressant medication for treating mild depression. Since there is no access to gyms, it’s necessary to create a daily exercise routine at home.
We, at Voices Unite want you to know that you are not alone in this situation. We want you to know that the way you feel is justifiable and well understood.
If you are experiencing difficulty during this time, please contact the following helplines for assistance;
National Counselling Line: 0861-322-322
Stop Gender Violence Helpline: 0800-150-150
Suicide Crisis Line: 0800 567 567
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