The coronavirus, saddled with the several uncertainties it came with, has engulfed the world in fear, chaos, stress, and anxiety. This can be pretty overwhelming even for the most emotionally-stable and strong human being. It is no wonder that loneliness, depression, substance abuse, and other mental disorders have become the order of the day.

Studies have shown the skyrocketing increment in domestic abuse during this period. Another research indicated the surge in sales of alcoholic beverage sales which rose by 55% in late March, when many states and public health officials urged residents to stay at home, compared to sales in 2019. The stats for anxiety and depression are even more depressing. All these pinpoint to one thing; our mental health has been

Despite these being our reality for now, our mental health is still rarely factored in as deserving of much attention. While we may find it easier to neglect it in favour of our physical well-being, it is time we squared up to look after our mental health too. In what ways can we boost our mental health during this pandemic? We have compiled a list of 7 effective ways to do just that;

  • Minimize reading, watching, or listening to updates about the pandemic either through social media platforms or other conventional media outlets. It does your health a lot of damage to continually listen to upsetting news.
  • Keep in touch with friends, family, and acquaintances. There is a level of comfort that stems from knowing that you are not alone in this.
  • Go for healthy, well-balanced meals. Most healthy foods are stress-relieving too.
  • Exercises and taking long walks within your hood can help keep you in perspective and boost your mental health.
  • Sleep away the worry, fatigue, and negative emotions as much as possible. 8 hours of sleep per day is good for your mental health.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs, and other harmful substances. They are all harm and no good for your mental health.
  • Seek counseling and other professional help, if you have recurring suicidal thoughts or feel you need help.
  • Engage in fin activities. It will take the pressure off your shoulders.

In summary, while we wait for the day when the pandemic will finally be over, boosting your mental health in addition physical health should be your priority. If it means seeking help from those around you, then don’t hesitate to do so. Always remember that we are all in this together and we shall overcome it together.

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