How can you look after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak?
- Manage Your Screentime
- Tips For Those Who Are Working
- Coping With Existing Mental Health Problems
- Engage In Stress-Reducing Activities
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is no better time to tackle this topic than in the midst of a global pandemic. These have truly been challenging times for everyone. Individuals are struggling with their mental health during COVID-19 in the Philippines. Some are losing their jobs, dealing with social isolation, trying to balance work with family responsibilities, and so much more. Some who already have underlying mental health problems may even find it worsening.
If you are feeling more uneasy than usual during this period and time, remember that it is completely valid. We’re here to help ease some of your feelings with these things you can do to cope and look after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak:
Manage Your Screentime
Limit the time you spend checking data. We understand how the news is a great source of information during the pandemic and that you would want to know the latest updates about it. However, it can also be overwhelming and enhance feelings of anxiety and fear to see everything that’s been happening around the world. Along the side, fake news and false data are increasing. Misleading information and headlines may trigger you. Hence, only follow and read reliable sources online.
We know that technology has also been a way for people to cope right now. Managing screentime doesn’t mean cutting out technology completely. Be intentional with your usage of the internet. Take this time to talk to your loved ones, check in on friends, communicate with co-workers, or watch TV shows and movies that promote happiness and recreation.
Tips For Those Who Are Working
Working from home is already being acknowledged as part of the “new normal.” The working system may come across as freeing for some, but others are struggling with change and more uncertainty because of work during the outbreak. Here are some things you can do:
- Designate a place to work at home for less distraction and a more focused mind.
- Don’t lose track of time! Take breaks within the day and eat 3 nourishing meals. It is important to get started and end at your given working times to avoid burnout.
- If you have struggles working from home, relay your concerns to your company or co-workers.
- Begin your mornings as if you are going to head out the door to go to work. Start your day right by eating a hearty breakfast and taking a shower.
- Maximize calling and communicating online. This will help you stay aligned with your team.
Coping With Existing Mental Health Problems
People who are already diagnosed with mental health problems may find it even harder to cope. We know how hard it is to ask for support, even in normal circumstances. Although it may be challenging to grasp, during these times it is important that you understand that you are deserving of support. If you feel like things are becoming too heavy, seek out for help. Reach out to a group of loved ones and activities that you usually turn to when times are hard. If you have been getting support from mental health services before the pandemic, continue doing so to help ease your mind.
Engage In Stress-Reducing Activities
The psychological toll of isolation can have you feeling more stressed, cranky, anxious, and worried than you normally do. When these feelings become overwhelming and keep occurring, it can take a toll on your well-being. Take the time to indulge in some effective stress-relieving activities.
Meditation is one simple way to help you control feelings of stress. It also enhances relaxation and may decrease anxiety. All it takes is to close your eyes and focus on your breathing for at least 10 minutes.
Additionally, exercise has always been a top recommendation to combat feelings of stress. This is because engaging in physical activity produces endorphins (chemicals in the brain that function like painkillers). Along the way, it also improves your ability to sleep. So get moving! There are various at-home workouts on the internet that you can try out. If you prefer low-intensity activities, stretching, yoga, and walking around the house can go a long way to relieving stress.
During Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to shine a light on mental health during COVID-19 in the Philippines. The current global pandemic may cause overwhelming feelings for different individuals as they are put under different challenging circumstances. If you are struggling to cope with your feelings in the midst of a pandemic, we hope that the advice and tips above will get some weight off your shoulder.
We want to remind everyone that Perpetual Help Medical Center-Las Pinas is here to offer you support for your mental health needs. Click here to reach out to us or call 8874 8515.