Top Tips for Improving Your Mental Health During a Pandemic

As the number of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise around the world, it’s important to look after your mental health more than ever. Below are just some of the ways that you can ensure your emotional wellbeing and mental health is being looked after.  The tips you can use each day or choose a few that will help you.

  • Food

Eating the right foods can improve your mental health. 

This means eating a meal that is high in fiber and vitamins is key. Green leafy vegetables, wholemeal pasta, and rice increasing your fruit intake will all lead to a balanced diet rich in nutrients. Eating at regular intervals also ensures you keep your blood sugar levels in the optimum position.

Drinking water is also a great way of flushing out toxins in your body and your mind. It also improves mood.

  • Me Time

Taking time out for yourself throughout the day is important for your mood and mental health. Have a bath, read a book, or go for a walk. All of these things will help you destress.

Even watch a funny program. It has been proven that laughing can boost your mood as well as your immune system too.

  • Exercise

Exercise is another great way to improve your mental health. Whether you walk, jog, or run there are many benefits to exercise. 

Exercise will also help you sleep too if you are finding it difficult getting over at night due to stress. Exercise releases happy hormones, these endorphins will improve your mood without you even knowing it. It also works extremely quickly so a fast-paced walk around the block with certainly be of benefit to you.

  • Get Help

You don’t need to do this on your own. Seek help when you need it.

This can be from family friends or looking online for free resources such as the Tarrant County website which is full of information on health. Finding resources to help with your mental health and stress is an empowering way of doing something positive for yourself.

  • Learn

Take up a new hobby or increase the amount of time you spend on your hobby. This is a great way of escaping the concerns of life and giving your mind something else to concentrate on. It’s a great way of expressing yourself and your feelings too.

  • Concentrate on the Positives

Writing down everything you are grateful for is a good way to help improve your mental health. Remind yourself of all the good things that have happened recently, even write a list of things you want to do each day, week, or month. Having something to look forward to is also a great mood booster.

  • Sleep

A good night’s sleep improves your mental health. 

If you are finding it difficult to sleep, go for a walk close to bedtime, read a book, or have a relaxing bath. Using lavender oil is another way to relax you so you get the rest you need.

  • Limit Screen Time

Setting a time limit on the amount of time you spend online is another positive way to improve your mental health.

This also means leaving the phone in another room when you are ready to sleep so you don’t use it before you go to bed. Also limiting how much you watch the news is another way to reduce anxiety.

  • Family and Friends

Spending time with your loved ones is great for your mental health. Take time to talk, to reminiscence, and to consider future plans. Giving your attention to those who care for you will make you feel reconnected with them.

  • Nature and Sunshine

Getting out in the fresh air is great for your mental health. If you are lucky enough to get some sunshine too then this can also boost your mood. 

Even if you don’t have time for a walk, standing outside in your garden or porch will help. You could also choose to bring nature indoors by adding plants and greenery to your rooms. Buying yourself flowers is another great way of treating yourself and bringing nature indoors.

Your mental health and wellbeing are important.

Only do things that you are comfortable doing and that help you. Give yourself the time and space you need to try these tips out, take small steps each day. It is not always easy to start things when your mental health is suffering, however, take each day as it comes and try one or two of the things listed above.

Remember there are plenty of resources online to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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