Maintaining Your Mental Health While Practicing Social Distancing
While the recent fears of viruses and diseases may have you focusing solely on your physical health and how you can best boost your immune system and protect yourself, your mental health is just important, and you may just find that, during this time, it’s not as well as you would hope. After all, it can be hard to be optimistic if you are in one of the quarantined areas or you’re worried about how to prepare. While these fears and concerns are very much valid, it’s also important that you do take the time to nourish your mental health. If this seems difficult, here are some easy ways to make sure your mental health is just as much of a priority as your physical health.
Turn to nature
While it may be necessary to avoid public places, you can still enjoy the beauty of nature, even if it just involves sitting by an open window while you work so that you can enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, or a relaxing bird song. If you are able, take some time to go outside each day. Walk around, pull out your personal hammock, garden - whatever you’re doing, a few minutes of outside time each day will help boost your spirits as well as your Vitamin D levels, which help maintain a healthy body.
Connect with those around you
Just because you may not be able to visit those that you love in person doesn’t mean that you have to ignore them. The goal is social distancing, not social isolation. With the wonders of technology, you can connect with thousands of people around the world in seconds. So, take a few minutes and talk to those online. Or, call up a family member or friend and have a nice conversation. They could probably use the interaction too.
Avoid media related hysteria
While it’s important to tune into the news for important information and updates, try to avoid overwhelming yourself. Seeing statistics and large numbers will only trigger your anxiety and cause you to stress further. Instead, pay attention to the news that you need to hear and then enjoy an episode of your favorite television show or a movie. You can also update a news app so you only get important alerts.
Take care of your body
Taking holistic measures to take care of your body is important for both your mental and physical health. If you slack on your physical health, you’ll find your mental health lacking as well. Make an effort each day to continue your health routines, even if you’re caught in the hustle and bustle of society. Stretch when you can, take your vitamins, get plenty of rest, and eat right. All of these things will help your body and mind keep functioning properly, which, in turn, will help you destress while boosting your immune system. Keep this in mind: stress can hinder your body’s ability to fight off infections, so taking the time to focus on keeping your mental health and your body is essential.