By Puteri Nuraqidah Razak
As human being, it is not rocket science for us to be social beings since it is not only natural but also biological, psychological and that is because the society is driven through collaborations of people socializing and working together as a whole unit.
Now with this pandemic encompassing our lives, mostly everyone is going through self-isolation and limiting social-contact and that causes an impact on our mental health. Being separated from family and friends may cause some loneliness and anxiety, as well as anger, restlessness, stress, and it can even come down to depression.
"I shan't be lonely now. I was lonely; I was afraid. But the emptiness and the darkness are gone; when I turn back into myself now I'm like a child going at night into a room where there's always a light."
it’s equally important to prioritize self-care at this time. So here is how you can take care of your mental health during these crazy times.
Source: Wall Street Journal
1. Communicate with each other as much as possible
Face to face communication maybe limited right now, but there are several ways to stay in touch with everyone, especially with your family and friends. In this day of age where we basically have the technology at our finger tips, we need to be more vigilant and use this medium to our benefit rather than our demise. What are you guys waiting for? Call your loved ones, video call them and get in touch. Host a virtual “coffee break” with one of your co-workers. Have a group video call with your family member who are far away, family support is always important.
2. Practice good hygiene
Yes, being the house all the time and make us a little lazy to groom ourselves since we no longer put in the effort or see the need to present ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t practice good hygiene. By that we mean, yes you guessed it right, keep showering and getting dress in real clothes and not in your week old sweatpants. While staying in your pyjamas with messy hair is fine at first, but it is going to start to feel little depressing over time. You might not need to wear formal at home on your couch but at least wear fresh and clean sweatpants and make sure you do your laundry regularly like before, every day.
3. Keep busy
Spring cleaning, redecorating the house, there are so many things that you could do to keep yourself busy in the house. Trying out a new recipe or even organizing your closet. Doing these small but vital tasks will spark a creative sensations and wholeness in you, and what other way is better than to keep your mind off the social distancing.
4. Digital-detox yourself
It is important to staying in the loop on the latest public announcements during this epidemic, but sometimes too much news can create unnecessary stress and unwanted anxiety for a persons. Stay away from your phone, TV or any digital appliances by giving yourself a time limit for at least 1 to 3 hours a day. Trust me, it will do so much good not only mentally but also physically as well.
5. Eat well
Food, food, food! And man, it is so easy to think about food when you are stuck in the house and bored out of your mind. Nutrition is very important and it is easily neglected when you are indoors. When it comes to managing your anxiety, a balanced diet is also vitally important for your health. Maintain by eating fresh fruits and vegetables and also avoid processed food as much as you can to maintain a string immune system.
"Don't let yourself feel worthless: often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don't worry about losing your "personality," as you persist in calling it: at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 p.m."
―F. Scott Fitzgerald,