Mental health

Mental health and COVID-19

Underestimating the importance of maintaining a healthy mindset could have serious consequences.

Mental health is vital to the optimal functioning of your life, especially during times of uncertainty.

Taking care of your mental health is an often overlooked area of body and mind maintenance.

It seems almost an impossible task when everything in life seems to be moving so fast; you barely have time to breathe.

However, to lessen the impact of life’s wear and tear, some action needs to be taken to help restore some sanity and balance.

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With the current COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic sweeping across the globe, underestimating the importance of maintaining a healthy mindset could have serious consequences.

Here’s how you can take an active role in strengthening your mental health, and it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

Maintain your physical health

Your physical wellbeing plays an essential role in every aspect of your life, make sure you are getting enough exercise, eat well and get enough sleep.

Physical exercise can be as simple as running on the spot, doing push-ups or sit-ups, any activity that can raise your heart rate and breathing is excellent.

Release anger and frustration

Emotional control is vital to your mental health.

Experiencing anger and disappointment is natural, but allowing those emotions to build-up is not safe.

There’s nothing good about it because it’s tempting to hang on to the negative feelings and seek other less efficient ways of coping.

Now is the time to learn how to handle your anger and frustration effectively and in safe ways.

Know how to walk it off, even though it seems to be winding down, distraction is the key here.

Keep your brain active

Boredom is the brain’s adversary, so you should be challenging it frequently; this will help prevent complacency.

Read lots, including poetry, prose and literature, listen to music regularly (change and mix up the genre), complete crossword puzzles and brain teasers, learn a new language and learn something different every day.

There has never been a better time to read and study to help strengthen and improve self-regulation, take advantage of that.

Develop awareness

It’s easy to get caught up in the negatives of a situation, discipline yourself to look at difficult circumstances as a learning experience.

Learn how to glean new skills from the adversity you face and make notes on how you can use them for future situations.

Think about how you have come through difficult times before, become aware of what tactics or habits helped you overcome those times.

Sense Stimulation

It’s not enough to keep your brain engaged; you have to stimulate your senses too.

Being under lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t do things to stimulate creativity and new ideas.

Listen to music you wouldn’t usually listen to, practice your writing skills, learn some unique photography or video skills, try some different food.

Look for fun

Developing a healthy balance in life is an integral part of being able to bounce back from adversity.

Good mental health depends upon being able to have fun and find happiness whenever possible.

Make a conscious effort to make home life more fun for everyone; now is the perfect time to dust of the old board games.

Whatever form of play you choose, make sure it’s something that the whole family will enjoy doing, it’s also a great way to mend or strengthen fractured relationships.

It’s not enough to keep your brain engaged; you have to stimulate your senses too.

Maintain a healthy separation

Your relationship with your partner is the most significant connection in your life (apart from the one with yourself).

It’s impossible to be happy and balanced if you’re struggling to keep your relationship off the rocks.

It can be even more challenging to remain objective and understanding when you’re both stuck in the same space every day.

During a normal working day, many couples spend time away from each other; this creates a personal space and appreciation for each other.

However, couples that are in the same home for extended hours or days need to deliberately and mutually agree to create a space and time separation.

There are many creative ways for creating a separation ‘bubble’ which I will leave up to your imagination. 🙂

Practice relaxation

Relaxation is necessary for optimal mental health, however many people even while doing the things they love fail to disengage their minds completely.

So, as a way to alleviate your tension and increase your relaxation, learn how to meditate or practice mindfulness.

Besides, you may want to find something that will help you to disengage entirely from all the internal negative dialogue.

What behaviour or activity do you find so enjoyable it causes you to lose track of time?

This behaviour or activity is the one you want to practice and practice often.

Enjoy the Moment

Life is too short, so if you can’t find the time to savour it, make the time. Slow life down and learn to enjoy it as much as possible.

In summary

What’s important is that you understand how important it is for you to take control of what you can and make the right choices for you and your happiness and health.

No one can put you in the corner unless you allow them to – so don’t let them.

About Mark Csabai

Mark Csabai is a certified New Insights Life coach and NLP practitioner. Mark works with people who struggle with clarity of purpose. He helps them rewire faulty mindset patterns, so, they can live meaningful and fulfilled lives. He works with clients locally and internationally. With over twenty years of experience helping people break free from negative thinking and self-sabotaging behaviour. He will help you formulate the desired outcome to move you from where you are to where you want to be.