With winter finally here, you may find yourself struggling more with being locked up inside. This pandemic has had a huge impact on those with mental health conditions and people who are used to living a very social life. The longer that this goes on, the more likely more problems will arise, especially in the mental health department. Therefore, this is a time to get ahead of it and be strong. We are here to help you out with ways to battle that pandemic depression or any other mental health instability you may be dealing with now or in the coming months. There are many resources to utilize and strategies to try. These are just a few!
Have you noticed yourself spending more and more time on social media since the pandemic hit? While this can have its downsides and monitor your time on social media, it can also be a tool used for staying connected. The great thing about social media is that you can keep up to date with your friends and family. By staying connected with the people you love, you put yourself in a position to reach out when you need to and find some joy in human interaction. According to khca.org, humans need physical touch to thrive. With the inability to touch others and be around others, it can be hard to foster our emotional and social connections. Staying in touch with family and friends can help build a sense of community and make you feel a bit better.
If you don’t have a hobby you thoroughly enjoy, such as knitting, painting, playing video games, or playing soccer, you should find one! Doing things you enjoy will keep your spirits high and your mental state happy. Doing these activities may also distract you from the things that could worsen your mental health, such as the pandemic’s reality. You may find you have a different outlook on life and see that there are things to live for and reasons to look forward to what comes after the pandemic goes away, whenever that may be. Try a few different hobbies, and see what works best for you!
You’ve probably tired of hearing it though it is true, physical activity helps with mental health. Heathline.com says that regular exercise can positively impact your serotonin levels in your brain, so it’s worth a shot! Plus, now that most of the population is stuck inside, everyone has the time to enjoy movement. This is a luxury many did not have before. If you begin taking care of your body, you may find you don’t feel grim. Along with exercise, now is a great time to eat right and cook new recipes. There is some science behind eating certain foods to cope with anxiety and depression. So, find the right balance for you and come back from this pandemic healthier than when it began!
Get your nature on and go outside! Being locked up in a small space for a long period of time can put a damper on your mental health. Get outside and walk around, go on a hike, ride a bike, rollerblade, sit on your patio, hug a tree! Going outside to get your daily dose of vitamin D will improve your overall mood and lessen the feeling of captivity. Ensure that you are following your state guidelines for public places since you are no longer in your home. Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, and make sure the trail, park, or woods is available for activity. Be smart, safe, and courteous of others.
Sometimes it can be helpful to write down how you are feeling and what you are experiencing. Write in a journal or electronically on your phone where no one will see. Reflect on what you are going through to identify exactly what is bothering you or triggering instability. This way, you can recognize problems and find ways to solve them in your life. You will be better prepared for when things don’t go your way and mindful of ways to cope with pandemic depression. Don’t ignore what comes into your head when you write things down because you’ll want to address them later. Just let the pen fly. If you find that seeking help is right for you, we have listed some amazing resources at the bottom of this blog!
Don’t forget about taking care of yourself. You’re more likely to practice self-care in the winter because you have to be inside from the cold. Think the same for the pandemic! Take some time to take a bath, pluck your eyebrows, paint your nails, do a face mask, or take a nap. Paying a little attention to yourself works wonders for your mental health. You not only get to treat yourself to things you may enjoy, but you also get to address what your needs are and how they could be met.
If you are struggling with your mental health, there is a strong possibility that the people you know are also struggling. Reach out to those people in your life and offer to be there for them in times of need. Having someone who is also going through what you are going through will help you feel like you are not alone in this and that there people just like you out there experiencing the same thing. Not only are you helping others, but you are also helping yourself. It’s a great way to give this holiday season.
In summary, it can be hard to handle your mental health with the pandemic still afoot. By keeping yourself connected, taking part in activities you love, keeping in touch with nature, practicing self-care and reflection, getting healthy, and checking in on others, you have a better chance of improving pandemic depression. Remember that it is normal to have ups and downs, but it’s important to recognize when you are having an exceptionally bad day. If things ever get too bad, make sure that you seek help from a professional or someone you trust. Stay safe this holiday season, and stay strong!
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