If you would’ve told me four months ago that the world would be at a standstill, I would’ve said you were crazy. However, this is our new reality. We all must practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Even though I know we have to stay apart, it’s really tough on my psyche. A few weeks ago, I implemented some practices into my daily routine to help me feel better. Follow this guide on how to maintain your mental health while social distancing, so you can feel less stressed.
Exercise dramatically improves people’s mental health. For starters, physical activity is a great stress-reliever. Your brain produces norepinephrine as you move, y’all. This means you can literally feel the stress leaving your body. Exercise also increases one’s confidence. I can’t wait to show off my new bod once things return to normal. I’ve definitely purchased some new outfits online. Finally, I have the best night’s sleep after a workout. I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow.
I was a Netflix junkie the first couple of weeks of quarantine. I was also glued to my phone, liking every Instagram post I could find. Yet, my digital distractions only worked for so long. After a few days, television bored me. The news stressed me out, and I couldn’t watch another cooking-related Instagram story. One day, I decided enough was enough. I left my phone in the bedroom, and I kept my TV off. I’ve never felt better! I even cleaned my house. I felt calmer as a whole. So, give unplugging a try.
Vitamin D works miracles, y’all. Even though many establishments are closed, you should still try your hardest to catch some rays. Make sure you wear a mask if you’re going to a public place. Always stay six feet apart from other people, too. Take your exercise routine outdoors, or even just enjoy your morning cup of joe on your deck. This change of scenery will turn your entire day around.
This guide on how to maintain your mental health while social distancing will help anyone who’s struggling through the pandemic. These are tough times we’re living through, y’all. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Be kind to yourself and remember that you aren’t in this alone.