There is a popular phrase which will sound painful at happy times whereas this phase seems very comforting in difficult times. The phrase is “This too shall pass.” Keep reminding yourself, “This too shall pass.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to how you live your life and with it uncertainty and social isolation. You may worry about getting sick, how long the pandemic will last and what the future will bring.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness. And mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen.
Learn self-care strategies and get the care you need to help you cope.
Self-care strategies are good for your mental and physical health and can help you take control of your life. Take care of your body and your mind and connect with others to benefit your mental health.
7 strategies to consider in taking care of your mind
1. Stay busy
A distraction can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts. Enjoy hobbies that you can do at home, identify a new project or clean out that closet you promised you’d get to. Doing something positive to manage anxiety is a healthy coping strategy.
2. Focus on positive thoughts
Choose to focus on the positive things in your life. Consider starting each day by listing things you are thankful for. Maintain a sense of hope.
3. Set priorities
Set reasonable goals each day and outline steps you can take to reach those goals. Give yourself credit for every step in the right direction, no matter how small. Recognize that some days will be better than others.
4. Make connections
If you need to stay at home and distance yourself from others, avoid social isolation. Find time each day to make virtual connections by email, texts, phone, or FaceTime or similar apps. Enjoy virtual socializing and talking to those in your home.
5. Do something for others
Find purpose in helping the people around you. For example, email, text or call to check on your friends, family members and neighbours — especially those who are elderly. If you know someone who can’t get out, ask if there’s something needed, such as groceries or medicines.
6. Support a family member or friend
If a family member or friend needs to be isolated for safety reasons or gets sick, come up with ways to stay in contact. This could be through electronic devices or the telephone or by sending a note to brighten the day, for example.
7. Get help when you need it
Hoping mental health problems such as anxiety or depression will go away on their own can lead to worsening symptoms. If you have concerns or if you experience worsening of mental health symptoms. To get the help you may call all or use social media to contact a close friend or loved one — even though it may be hard to talk about your feelings.
Self-care strategies are forever
You can expect your current strong feelings to fade when the pandemic is over, but stress won’t disappear from your life when the health crisis of COVID-19 ends. Continue these self-care practices to take care of your mental health and increase your ability to cope with life’s challenges.