During this uncertain, difficult time, students and teachers alike have to find ways to cope with their mental and physical health. Depression, stress, anxiety and other mental health problems pile on top of each other as this pandemic continues to rage through America. So what can you do to take care of yourself during 2020? Here are my top five favorite self-care tips for the pandemic.
5.) Maintain a routine: As minuscule as this might seem, sticking to a routine can be beneficial for your mental health, according to a 2018 article from Psychology Today. A routine establishes a sense of normalcy, even when things are far from normal. Staying organized and keeping up healthy habits during the pandemic can help you get through your days easier.
4.) Use technology to keep in touch with friends and family: This is also a great tool to get a sense of normalcy. Having group Zoom calls with your friends and family is a great way to stay in contact and gives you something to look forward to. Scheduled calls also keep you connected with people so that you do not feel so isolated. According to a 2020 New York Times article, more and more people are using video chatting platforms to connect during the pandemic.
3.) Limit your exposure to social media or the news: We all know how some news media can dramatize things and make people scared. If this affects you, limiting your screen time is a great way to stay healthy. According to a 2020 article from Psychology Today, a “digital detox” might be a good idea to improve your mental health.
2.) Eat healthy and drink plenty of water: Mental health is essential, but physical health is as well. Especially during a pandemic when health is crucial, eating nutritious foods and drinking water is an excellent form of self-care, according to a 2015 Harvard study. Not only does this help you stay healthy physically, but can also help you mentally, too.
1.) Go outside! According to a 2018 Harvard study, getting outside and more exposure to nature is good for mental health. Taking a walk around campus, Thousand Hills State Park or even in your neighborhood can be beneficial. Before the weather gets colder, consider taking a walk by yourself or with friends!