Things I Do That Help Maintain My Mental Health (Pandemic Stress Awareness)

For the past couple of months, I heard and saw people complain about a lot of stuff. There is the issue of financial and economic burden, personal hygiene safety, social distancing limitations, as well as mental health problems.

Honestly, all of those things are important right at this moment. So I understand that a lot of people are taking things too seriously. But for me, despite the challenging situation, I want to stay emotionally and mentally stable so that I won’t need to call BetterHelp or any counseling platform for help anytime soon.

Here are the things I frequently do to help maintain my mental health during this pandemic.


I Talk Often

Like any other person, my emotional and mental stress rise a few weeks after the Coronavirus outbreak. I also experienced anxiety and loneliness. But after realizing that I need to do something to get back on track, I practice talking, like a lot. I talk to myself in front of the mirror, stating the things I hate about everything that has been going around lately. I often tell myself that I need to prepare for the worst that could happen in the future. I also encourage myself to stay calm and try to be as brave as much as possible. Sometimes, I fail to convince myself that I should not think about the negative things. But when my thoughts are getting out of hand, I try to look for another outlet. Thus, I talk to people digitally.


I call my friends and classmates almost every day to spend time and get personal updates from their lives. I also chat with some of them through social media. I try to socialize digitally more often because it helps reduce my stress. It makes me happy to know that my friends and classmates are okay. Sometimes, I also contact my relatives and ask them about their situation. As they keep me company, I also ensure to encourage them to stay positive during this pandemic.


I Write Things

There are times that I don’t understand my emotions. That is why whenever I feel sad and lonely, I write the things that make me feel that way. Honestly, I don’t know it affects my mental health. But for some reason, when I read the stuff I wrote aloud, there is something inside me that instantly changes my mood. That even if I wrote things that are so painful and devastating, I still feel light and out of stress. There is one time that I wrote a harrowing experience, and reading it twice always makes me cry. But after a few moments, I began to feel motivated, thankful, and happy despite the not-so-encouraging words I put into my writing.

Perhaps not all people are fond of writing or journaling. But I can testify to the excellent mental and emotional benefits it can provide. In uncertain times like this, where social isolation is becoming a thing, journaling can become a lifesaver.


I Take Care Of Myself

One of the most common things that people do is taking care of themselves. But actually, it serves a purpose in keeping the balance of mental and emotional health. As I understand the importance of self-care, I always make sure to do something that benefits my mind and body. I take a shower every time I feel uncomfortable with the hot weather. I always make sure to exercise regularly. I try my best to eat healthy food, and I try to get sleep as much as I need. Honestly, these are all the basics of hygiene and lifestyle. But do not underestimate these habits because they can go a long way in keeping you mentally, emotionally, and physically stable.

Encouraging Self To Stay Calm Amidst Global Health Crisis

Given that the world is experiencing a global health crisis, the uncertainties of everything continues to grow. No one knows how to stop the pandemic, and it seems like everyone is already reaching their limits. The physical, financial, emotional, and mental exhaustion are taking its toll on people’s lives, and they can’t seem to do anything about it. But despite all the negativity out there, one must remember to stay calm. It is essential to understand that staying positive about this whole situation is still the best thing that everybody can do.


Mind Over Matter

The idea of focusing the mind on achieving better things is not only for the purpose of survival in this time of crisis. When people think about positive things, it allows them to develop a strong emotional and mental foundation. It helps in managing decisions that can be useful in addressing current issues along with the pandemic. These include supplies of food and necessities, clothing, shelter, as well as financial needs. When individuals keep their thoughts straight and start looking at better things despite this whole situation, they become more aware of their surroundings. They attract positive outcomes.


Avoid Stress

Stress is the number one cause of self-destruction. Thus, it is essential to stay away from it, no matter what. Yes, the struggle of keeping a stable mental and emotional health is not easy. And there are times that all the negative things people hear and see become their truth. When that happens, it becomes their reason for quitting. Therefore, individuals must recognize their life stressors to remove it out of their lives. But note, people must take actions one at a time to secure a winning move in getting rid of the stress and anxiety. Yes, the process is not going to be comfortable, and the progress may take quite a while. But it is essential to understand that considering taking a step can make a significant difference.


The Struggle Is Real

In this pandemic situation, people are all anxious and afraid. All the worries they have in mind is eating them up. These individuals can’t see and think clearly because they are blinded by the current hardships and sacrifices they have to make only to survive. There are lots of things they can’t do because of the restrictions they have to follow. Thus, everything in everyone’s lives becomes sedentary and lonely. Humans are known to be free-spirited creatures, and the longer they get restricted to do what they naturally do make them confused and dysfunctional. The more they think about being locked up, the harder they accept and adjust to their current situations.


Ignore Unnecessary Emotions

This situation indeed has a lot of uncertainties, and that includes giving everyone unnecessary emotional responses. Despite the truth that people’s emotions at this time of the pandemic are valid, not all of them are useful. There are unnecessary emotions that only add pressure to the already struggling situation. For example, there is anger. It is quite acceptable that most people can use anger as a way of showing their eagerness for situational control. However, the battle is not between each individual. What everyone is dealing with is not something they can win over a heated argument. Thus, it is useless to depend on anger, given that the virus doesn’t care about that.

Of course, no one can tell how someone should handle this current global health crisis. Every individual is dealing with their own battle. But regardless of that, all should acknowledge that staying calm and positive in this situation is the top priority in securing emotional and mental function.

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