Coronavirus has thrown the world into uncertainty and made virtual reality the new normal for everyone. The age of social distancing is here and whether you are taking a break from work, working from home or have just resumed office, your daily life and routine looks vastly different from what it did a few months ago. Spending all day at home in isolation is not conducive to mental health. And it is only natural to be stressed about going back to work and worrying about whether your workmates are healthy or not. Combine that with the constant barrage of information and news being thrown at us and chances are that it is going to take a toll on our mental health. So, we came up with a few tips on how to take care of your mental health during COVID-19 and help you figure out how to make this situation work.
Limit Your Intake of News
Limit the time you spend reading or watching things which do not make you feel better or give you anxiety. You could decide on a specific time to check in with the news every day. Taking a break from social media or news websites will help manage anxiety and help you prioritise other things, such as going back to the book you had promised yourself you would finish or make a new recipe. There is also a lot of misinformation being spread around – stay informed by checking only verified sources such as government websites, WHO or reliable news websites.
Get Some “Me” Time
To avoid burnout, it is necessary to have some time off from work, chores and giving others your time. Every small act counts – be it squeezing in some meditation into your busy schedule, staying hydrated, eating well, playing with your pet or something as simple as sitting in your balcony with a cup of tea. The key is to strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety.
Also, staying in touch with those you care about and those who care about you will help with long periods of self-isolation. Agree on regular check-ins, or weekly virtual parties, which are fun irrespective of how far you are from one another. Chances are that you will end up feeling quite productive and restful after this.
Enrol In An Online Course
Always wanted to learn a foreign language? Hone your technical skills? Learn video editing? Now is the perfect time to enrol in an online course, refine your skills and add to your abilities. If you feel like you have a lot of free time now that you are home or are bored of the same daily routine we suggest you take part in an online course of your liking which will be fun, provide you with knowledge and a new skill. You will definitely come out as a newer person at the end of the course.
Ditch Your PJs When WFH
Who does not want to spend all day on the couch, in their favourite cartoon-themed or silk pyjamas, snacking and binge-watching Suits? As appealing as this sounds, it is not always feasible to wear PJs throughout the day, especially when you are working remotely. Some days might just be packed with con calls with clients or team meetings. We understand how overwhelming things can get, now that the lines between office and home have blurred. Our recommendation? Ditch your PJs and get dressed like how you would (at least from above the waist), if you were going to work. Getting dressed up is not only a nice change but also uplifts your mood but is also and makes you feel better. Case in point: This Cotton Striped Shift Dress – Black and White.
Do you have any more tips on taking care of your mental health during COVID-19? Or tips on how to safely get back to your work routine for those who have resumed office? DM us on Instagram / Facebook to let us know how you’re doing. We are all in this together.
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