The Coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented and with the stay home order and social distancing in place globally to minimise the transmission or further widespread of the virus and also to reduce mortality rates, it is no doubt that for some people depression may be knocking.
The times we are in is completely strange, challenging and overwhelming. The uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak has been difficult to manage, with our overall wellbeing destabilized.
Isolation seems unhealthy, unusual and unconventional. The coping mechanisms can be overwhelming and frankly speaking if you do not take practical steps to come up with a coping mechanism, your mental wellbeing may be challenged or compromised.
These healthy tips may possibly help you stay well in this period.
- Make video and audio calls with your loved ones and discuss about love, life and wellbeing.
- Exercise regularly in your garden, in your home. See some videos on YouTube for indoor exercising. Take a walk, cycle or climb your stairs as many times as possible to get your body moving.
- Have a laugh; join an online social group and participate in group activities. Make your voice count.
- Manage your stress levels and do not drain yourself. Set aside some moments of stillness. Release tension, unplug and breathe more.
- Turn off news temporarily about coronavirus reports. Watch a movie instead, listen to music or have a dance party online with your loved ones.
- Get out of bed in the morning, have a shower and dress up to make yourself feel you are going to work and plan your business, make calls to your business contacts and have a chat about business proposal post pandemic.
- Be creative. Write a poem, a love note, a song, cook a food you have never cooked before or even learn to play an instrument. Do something funny. Post on your social media page for your friends to laugh and criticize or praise your works.
- Drink less alcohol, don’t be tempted to drink more. There is life after the pandemic. Don’t give in to an unhealthy habit.
- Get enough sleep of up to 8 hours where possible. Wind down on phones and computers at least 30-60 minutes before sleep time.
- Feel relaxed, wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol based gel where appropriate. Shift your thoughts on opportunities.
- Be truthful to yourself. Train your mind on how to deal with issues about finances, health and your general wellbeing.
- Stay Safe. Stay Well. Stay Home. Be good to your body and look after your mental wellbeing and physical wellness during the pandemic lock down.
GEORGE ORISILE @pharmahealthtalk