Taking Care of Your Mental Health

During times of uncertainty, it’s natural to feel a sense of panic, frustration, sadness or anxiety, and different people express these feelings differently. We can, however, not let certain difficult situations or experiences consume us but guide us to our highest self. As mindfulness teacher Kaira Jewel mentions in this article, “the external situation may not change, but we can change the relationship to our external situation.”

Nilushka and Nivendra from The Ohana Project also shares some great tips on taking care of oneself in this video:

If you’re a parent or caretaker, being able to cope with stress will make you and the people around you stronger. CDC provides general guidelines on how to cope and what to look out for in your loved ones.

Try mindfulness activities

To alleviate our stress levels, it’s key to engage in relaxing hobbies that you love, and connect and express ourselves with friends and family. Employing relaxing activities such as drawing, listening to music, Meditation, Yoga or Pranayama helps us cope better with difficult emotions. Arttherapy.lk will be soon offering online experiential art therapies to de-stress. You can also read this article to find more activities to engage yourself during this period.

Journaling and writing down our thoughts could prove to be a great way to release any pent up anxieties that are burdening our overall health. Alain de Botton from The School of Life explains how you can benefit from this practice:

Unplug from news and social media

It’s important to understand the status of the pandemic, however, too much information gathering could have the unintended effect of driving up fear and anxiety. While you unplug from the news for a while, try mindfulness apps such as Headspace or 10% Happier to help you let go.

Move your body

The mind and body has a reciprocal relationship – by releasing bodily tension through gentle expressive movement, you can also bring calm and ease to the mind and vice versa. Exercise is also known to reduce levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, and increases levels of endorphins – natural painkillers and mood elevators in our bodies.

Consume nourishing foods

Stressful times may make some of us binge eat, crave sugary sweets or reach out to unhealthy fast foods, yet this is the exact time we need to have foods high in nutrient density. Find out why:

Seek outside help

If you are unable to mobilize these efforts and encounter difficult feelings or panic, there are many local organizations and volunteer services that are willing to assist you:

Crisis Support Service (1333)

Sumithrayo (011 269 6666)

National Mental Health Line (1926)

Shanthi Maargam (071 763 9898)

The Ohana Project

If you prefer talking to an anonymous AI bot, try downloading Woebot or Replika. These bots can be a friend in need when there is no one available to talk to you.

Further reading:

11 tips for managing your anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty

Got questions on how we can support your health and wellness goals? Call Workout.lk via 077 733 7430 for free recommendations and advice. You can also read our blog post titled Boosting Your Immunity During an Outbreak to learn more about activities that help take care of yourself better during this time.

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