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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Taking Care Of Mental Wellbeing While At Home

While we are all staying at home because of COVID-19 as much as possible, it’s really important to take care of both your mind and body.

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At the moment you may feel frustrated, bored, or lonely as the Coronavirus has spread through the U.S. You may even be worried about your health, finances, and those who are close to you.

It’s important for you to know and understand that it is OK to feel this way and everyone reacts differently in different situations. The current situation is temporary, and for most of us, these feelings will soon pass. Although. Staying at home may be difficult, you are doing your part to help protect yourself and others by doing it.

Some of the things you could do to help look after your mental well-being include:

Plan Out Your Practical Needs
Something that people did right at the start of the pandemic was to panic buy, this wasn’t really the best way to tackle getting all your essential items and it left others without for a short period. You should have a think about how it’s best to get the household supplies that you need, whether it’s completing a weekly or two weekly shops, reserving a slot in advance online or asking a friend or family member to pick things up for you, once you have a plan in place you will be able to stop worried about it.

You also need to think about things like any caring responsibilities you have, if you are having any regular treatments or need medication on a regular basis. There may be other ways that you need ot deal with these at the moment so research what the best course of action is.

Stay Connected
Keeping healthy relationships up with people you care for and trust is vital for your mental health. Have a think about how you can stay in touch with family and friends while you are staying at home. You could try the phone, video calls, social media, or by good old fashioned phone. There is a lot of people in the same situation who are all finding it difficult, so keeping in touch could help them too.

Speak About Your Worries
It’s perfectly normal to feel a little bit worried, helpless, or scared about the current situation. Remember, it’s OK to share your worries and concerns with those who you trust. Doing so may help them too. If you can’t speak to someone that you know, or it hasn’t helped, there is several helplines you can utilize too.

Look After Your Body
Your physical health can have a big impact on how you feel. Through times like these, it can far too easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behavior that can lead to your feeling much worst. Try to still eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Drink plenty of water and exercise on a regular basis.

These four areas should help you to help take care of your mental well-being while at home during Coronavirus, is there anything you are doing to help? Please share some tips in the comments below.
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