5 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

5 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Protect your mental health as a priority

COVID-19 has been brutal on Americans.  So the question is how do you protect your mental health during the pandemic? You’ve been limited in how you can celebrate birthdays, graduations, and weddings. Also some of us have seen loved ones hooked up to a ventilator fighting for their lives. We have directions to an entire hygienic routine every time you leave the house: Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands, and repeat.

Ways to protect your mental health during pandemic

5 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

Here’s 5 things you can do to protect your mental health during this ongoing pandemic.

1. Get Some Exercise

You don’t have to go to the gym to stay in shape. There are actually plenty of exercises and routines that you can do from the comfort of your own living room. That includes exercises like push-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, and even going for a nice jog around the block.

On top of building your endurance and strength, exercise can trigger the release of endorphins in your system. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are known as the “feel-good” hormone and will naturally boost a low mood during such trying times.

2. Stay in Contact With Loved Ones

Not being able to meet with those you care about can be detrimental to your mental health. Prolonged loneliness and social isolation can increase your risk of certain mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, or even suicide.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that loneliness in older adults increases the risk of dementia and other serious health disorders. The best way to avoid these consequences is by staying in touch with loved ones via daily or weekly phone calls, video calls, or text messages.

3. Leave the House

Most states still have limitations when it comes to where you can go, what you can do, and who you can see. Yet at this point in the pandemic, you realize that your mood declines and you feel fatigued the longer you stay put in the house.

In a study published in Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vitamin D, which can be absorbed by the body from sunlight, is a great mood booster and actually is used to treat depression. So, if you’re feeling down and lonely in the house, spend some time in the backyard or go for a walk at the park before your fellow citizens get there.

4. Reach Out to a Therapist

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If you were already struggling with your mental health prior to the pandemic, there’s a good chance that your situation has actually worsened as the months continued. Luckily, the forced closure of most mental health facilities doesn’t mean that you currently have no access to care. Many counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists have moved to telemedicine for the time being. Scheduling an appointment with a therapist via video call is a great way to process your emotions and learn how to cope.

5. Get a Pet

Most people would appreciate coming home from work every day to a greeting of a friendly dog or cat. But when loneliness and sadness become excessive during quarantine, a pet may be exactly what you need to feel better.

Even better, you may be able to help empty out your local animal shelter. The connection between pet ownership and mental health has been long studied. In fact, a survey conducted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, mental health improvements were seen in about 74% of pet owners.

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Final Thoughts

During a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, it’s important that you priority to protect your mental health. Not only will this make you feel less lonely and like you have a greater purpose, but it’ll also save you from a ton of emotional turmoil that you’ll have to sort through once COVID-19 is gone for good.

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Resource Reference Sheet: 12 Mental Health Resources

National Institute Of Mental Health – https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/index.shtml

Mental Health Services Division https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Pages/MentalHealthPrograms-Svcs.aspx

World Health Organization | Mental Health https://www.who.int/mental_health/en

Church Of Jesus Christ.org | Mental Health https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/get-help/mental-health

If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK or text “MHA” to 741741 – https://www.mhanational.org/helpful-vs-harmful-ways-manage-emotions

Mental Health America – https://www.mhanational.org

MentalHealth.gov – https://mhanational.org/covid19

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Helpline Resources – https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-HelpLine/Top-HelpLine-Resources

Mental Health Resources – Mental Health First Aid – https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/mental-health-resources

Psychiatry.org – COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources – https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/covid-19-coronavirus

Resource Links – National Network of Depression Centers – https://nndc.org/resource-links

Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19 | Suicide Prevention Resource Center – https://www.sprc.org/news/resources-support-mental-health-coping-coronavirus-covid-19

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