COVID has changed many aspects of our lives, from how we socialize to how we buy groceries. These unprecedented changes can bring on stress, anxiety, and mental fog.
If you’re feeling this, please know you’re not alone. These are seven ways to take care of your mental and physical health.
1. Meditate. Taking a few minutes every day to clear your mind can be extremely helpful. Find a space that is quiet and work on breathing in and out. If you’re new to meditation, check our Headspace, an award-winning meditation app with over 60 million users worldwide.
2. Sleep. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep helps you restore your energy, mental focus and immune system. To improve the quality of your sleep, avoid screen time (especially the news) before bedtime, and go to bed around the same time so your body can get used to your schedule.
3. Go for a walk. Walking isn’t only good for your body, but it can also release endorphins, which may help you increase mental clarity and focus.
4. Stretch. Paying attention to how your body feels when you stretch is an excellent way to direct your attention inwards and away from any stressors in your life. Even 5-10 minutes of gentle stretching can increase your sense of vitality and wellbeing.
5. Clean and organize. A messy and cluttered space may contribute to feeling overwhelmed and cause anxiety. Try organizing your living space and getting rid of any junk lying around that you no longer need.
6. Exercise your brain. Your brain might need some stimulation to give it a jolt to clear up. Try a word puzzle, sudoku, or online brain games like Luminosity to exercise your brain. If you’re already spending more time looking at screens than you’d like consider a physical puzzle, such as a Rubic’s cube.
7. Talk to someone. If some days are too hard, remember you don’t have to do this alone. Seeking the professional of a therapist or counselor can be a great way to process what’s on your mind and get tools to cope with the challenges life throws at you.
We all struggle at times. Negating our challenges won’t make them disappear. We need to take action, try different things, and find out what works for us. We hope that the list above gave you some ideas and inspiration. We’re with you during these difficult times, even if we’re physically far away. Feel free to contact us if there’s anything we can do to help.