Preserving Your Mental Health
The challenges we face today are unique and significant. COVID-19 has unleashed uncertainty, economic pain, and shelter-in-place for much of the population. Any one of those alone can impact our mental health; the combination of all three can wreak havoc on us. Here are a few insights to preserving your mental health.
It is completely normal to experience feelings of loneliness, fear, and anxiety during these unprecedented times. We may not be able to control the initial feelings, but we control our internal dialogue. What we tell ourselves and what actions we take can either alleviate or intensify the negative feelings.
We protect our mental health by focusing on things we can control. There is no sense worrying incessantly about those things we cannot control. We accept our situation as fact and figure out what we can do to make the most of the situation. Finding joy isn’t so much about our circumstance as it is in the actions we take.
Choosing to act, rather than be acted upon, supports a healthy mindset. I have included a list of actions that may be helpful:
- Turn off/take a break from the news and social media
- Continue your daily habits/routines to the extent you are able
- Exercise, walk, stretch – get the blood flowing
- Perform an act of service for someone else
- Think purposely about today; accomplish something each day
- Appreciate the simple things in life, count your blessings
I included several actions that have to do with our individual self-care. Yet, one of the most powerful ways we can feel good is to forget ourselves and do something nice for someone else. Whether that is mailing a card, dropping off some cookies or just talking with someone and lifting their spirits. For some reason whenever we serve another person, we are usually the ones that benefit the most.
Stay healthy – both physically and mentally!
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