Mental Health During Uncertainty Of COVID-19: How Do We Protect It?

During these difficult times, it is pertinent to protect our mental health as much as protecting ourselves from the coronavirus.

The pandemic of COVID-19 has changed our lives. Besides that, the pandemic has created certainty for all parties.

Isolation and remote working have a significant impact on people’s mental health. It also includes someone who had health problems.

As a result, you may experience stress, fear, anxiety, sadness, sadness, and loneliness.

If those issues are not handled properly, you may suffer more serious emotional, psychological, and even physical problems.

Below, we offer some simple tips on how to protect your mental health during a pandemic.


Stay Physically Active

Physical self-care is an important way to protect mental health. It helps ease anxiety and improve your mood by producing stress-relieving hormones called endorphins. 

According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, exercising for ten minutes can boost happiness. 

Even though the gym and outdoor activities are limited, you can switch the exercise to other activities. There are multiple ways to remain active and safe during the pandemic. 

For example, you can join online exercises on Youtube such as yoga, zumba, or high-intensity interval training that require minimal equipment or time.

Alternatively, gardening, biking, or jogging can offer an option to improve your mood.

If you are less eligible to exercise indoors. You need to follow the government’s guidance and maintain a 1,5m distance from others.


Stick To A Routine

Maintaining your daily routine will help you feel less tired, more refreshed, and more focused.

Therefore, you have to plan daily routines properly to ensure a good balance of working, playing, and relaxing with family. 

Proper plan structure can manage your mind to focus on daily activities. It creates a sense of normal for you and your loved ones at the same time.


Physical Distancing, Not Social Distancing

Humans are social creatures. Therefore, it is crucial to have solid and healthy relationships with other people. 

Social isolation doesn’t have to mean emotional isolation. Staying connected with others is a way to protect your mental health and prevent isolation.

Although you may have less physical contact with your loved ones, you can check other ways to communicate. Find a perfect time to make a text, phone call, or video chat.

A simple conversation can go a long way in helping all of us get through this difficult time.


Do Something You Love

You can gain happiness If you schedule something you enjoy once or twice a week.

Moreover, it can help you get through difficult days. Whether it’s painting, knitting or listening to music, or your favorite podcast. 

So, you can find quality time for yourself.

You can do painting, knitting or listening to music, or your favorite podcast. Whatever you choose, you can think of something that releases serotonin and relaxing your body. 

This effort will reduce stress and boost your immune system.


Watch Your Mind

Thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact the other. It is easily shifted once the stress has triggered a negative response.

When it comes to stress and anxiety, our thoughts are very powerful. Anxious thoughts can lead to anxious feelings. 

However, thinking more positively and rationally can reduce those anxious feelings.

Why, then, do we get stuck with an inner voice which is so negative? Be rational and become a friend to yourself and look at your situation from the outside.


Manage Your News And Social Media Intake

Staying informed can make you feel in control. Nonetheless, the constant negative news reports can also become overwhelming. 

Overexposure in the pandemics information can increase anxiety and distress. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following: “Seek information only from trusted sources and mainly so that you can take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Besides news, you should also consider limiting your social media intake. It will help you from feeling worried after seeing the news update.

Follow the news and social media in moderation and get your information from trusted, credible sources.  


In light of this, these tips aim to solve the quarantine situation during the pandemic, you can also apply several points to your daily life in the future.

You can maintain these self-care practices to protect your mental health. It also provides the ability to cope with life’s ongoing challenges.

If you find yourself experiencing overwhelming anxiety or depression,  it is your time to seek an expert.

Last but not least, be kind to yourself and others. Please take good care of yourself, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. 

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AUTHOR: Sibil Aina
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