Dec. 30, 2020 — By: Curmari Lewis, Creator/ Personal Trainer
The year 2020 has been the most challenging yet memorable year for most of us. Through grievance, social unrest, sickness, and unexpected accomplishments. We all have been faced with change in health, wealth, working from home, to attending school on-line. Change could create challenges with our mental health and daily activities especially when unexpected. As 2020 comes to an end and 2021 vastly approaching here are 5 ways to manage your mental health during this pandemic.
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5 Simple Ways to Manage your Mental Health
1. Create/ Plan a new schedule consider cancellations of events, celebrations, group gatherings
Goal setting could be challenging during an global pandemic causing events, celebrations, and gatherings to become canceled unexpectedly. Canceling events may causing anxiety, loneliness, and hinderance to your mental health. Plan in advance by writing, set reminders, using sticky notes, etc. Tony Robbins states, “Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future”.
2. Check in with your self
We all have the capability to be a friend to others, but it is important to be a friend to ourselves. Check in with yourself mentally by journaling when you are happy, sad, and mad. Sometimes writing can be a pain, so a personal favorite is recording voice memos of the day. By allowing yourself to process and understand your own feelings you allow and train your mind to let go. Being able to let go and accept certain circumstances that come allows you to check in with yourself in order to be a better friend and version of you.
3. Stay Active
Staying Active may be challenging for some due to closures in our favorite places such as gyms, local parks, and indoor centers. Find ways to stay focused and productive instead of doing nothing. The lack of movement can cause the mind to overthink or bored. Some ways you can stay active is to find a hobby such as painting, running, music, reading etc. You can participate in at home workouts, yoga, and meditation. Lastly, you can reorganize your desk, closet, or home. These are simple ways to stay active during this pandemic.
4. Stay Informed, Not consumed
There comes a point when daily, local, or global news could be more devastating than informative. Take a break from the news and disconnect to reconnect. The news is imperative to stay informed, but taking care of your mind is vital to your mental health. Too much of anything could create challenges within itself. Plan your day in advance include hobbies and activities. Enjoy the present moment frequently remind yourself that hard times come and they will fade.
5. Stay Calm!
In the middle of hardship, sadness, and loss remain calm. Remember there is light at the end of every tunnel by managing your emotions and reactions you gain control of your happiness. Ways to cope will vary person to person, but you can stay calm by taking a walk/ run, reading/ watching videos, meditation/ breathing, and taking care of yourself physically and mentally. Find ways to stay productive most importantly focused on your ambitions and goal for your time to come.
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