How you can keep your mind happy and healthy during isolation
The Covid-19 pandemic took its toll on everyone in the world, it wasn’t something anybody had planned for. In the face of social distancing, job losses, and more tragedies, we can’t help but feel depressed. Some financial and marketing specialists suggest that the depression of 2020 is of a greater magnitude than the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008.
While it affects the economy, people are showing signs of depression levels, and anxiety on a larger scale. Taking stock of your health during this difficult time is of utmost importance. Even though it may be immensely challenging to homeschool your kids, work from home, and watch that everyone is in optimal health, the following tips may work for you.
Being happy starts with your mind
Our minds are one of the most critical parts of our bodies. When we’re feeling positive and happy, it's as though we attract positivity into our lives. That said, keeping our minds happy and healthy will spill over and our bodies will benefit too.
So, how can we make life less stressful during this isolation and still thrive?
Learn to relax
With everything happening in the world, it’s natural that we become anxious because of the unknowns. But, take the time to stop, breathe, and relax. Life can become extremely busy and while you may be taking care of everyone else, it’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself.
Making time to relax will not only help you unwind, but also give you the liberty to recharge your mind.
Meditation doesn’t have to be many hours long. Even if you can only spare 10 minutes of your day to quiet your mind and rest your body and mind, this will help. A little bit of meditation and relaxation a day is better than nothing at all.
Practice good hygiene habits
Given the times we’re living in, being vigilant when it comes to keeping everything hygienically clean and germ-free is important. Make sure that you’re doing all you need to keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing hands and disinfecting high-traffic surfaces.
Use FaceTime and other video call applications
Being isolated means we can’t see our friends and family as much as we would like, let alone in person. With that in mind, it’s no wonder more and more people are becoming depressed about life. Take the opportunity to call your friends and family via video apps.
You might not be seeing them in true face-to-face, but at least, the video call helps get a real-time experience.
Make use of online purchasing facilities
If you are using chronic medication or you need medical supplies, then use an online service and have it delivered. Staying home as much as possible will have you less exposed to the covid virus and as a result lower your chance of infection.
Eat “brain food” and take supplements
Eating food that benefits your memory and your brain is excellent when looking to stay healthy mentally. Some great foods made for your brain’s health include healthy fats like Omega3, as well as kale, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, olive oil, nuts, and fruit. These foods also reduce inflammation.
In fact, there are reports that suggest that certain foods may impact the way you feel (positively and negatively). For example, loading up on sugary foods can result in crashing hard and feeling agitated. The same applies when having too much caffeine.
Try some relaxing exercises
When it comes to staying calm and having a healthy happy mind, soothing exercises will help. While high-impact cardio workouts are great for quick weight loss results, low-impact exercises step up your health game. Not only will you feel better mentally, but also physically, after some yoga, tai chi, or pilates.
Conclusion to keeping your mind happy and healthy during isolation
Practice rituals. For example, call your family members on specific days every week. You could also make extra time for yourself where you’ll just unwind and listen to music. Or, get a pet especially if you live alone. You’ll have company and feel less lonely.
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