Managing your mental health in times of change

COVID-19 has changed our society overnight. With the increased anxiety around our health and the health of our loved ones, employment, and dealing with isolation, taking care of our mental health is more important than ever. Dealing with change can be difficult but there are ways that we can manage our wellbeing – here are our top five tips.

1. Accept change.
During this time we may feel less in control than ever and while we thrive on stability, the first step is to accept that the world will continue to change. Note how you feel about these changes in a journal or a moment of meditation.

2. Find stability.
Create a routine around the things you enjoy. This could be waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day or even doing one activity little and often. Remember to schedule in time to do the things you love.

3. Find your support system.
Social distancing does not mean we should disconnect from one another. Stay connected with your friends and family by having a video call or even planning a Netflix Party.

4. Take a break.
With so much time at home, we are spending more time looking at screens than ever and the media can be overwhelming. Try to limit your screen time using apps or schedule a phone-free hour every day.

5. Take care of yourself.
It’s easy to forget to look after ourselves in times of change. Try to monitor your diet and take any supplements or medication as needed. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night with at least an hour without screens before you go to bed. If you are able, try to get some fresh air and exercise. Maybe go on a mindful walk noticing what you see, hear and smell. Finally, find something that calms you. Meditation or reading works for some – do what works best for you!

We are all dealing with change so it is important to find what works for you. How do you manage your mental health during times of change?

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