Coronavirus has brought up a lot of stress and anxiety. As we slowly transition back to some of our previous routines, don’t let your mental health become an afterthought. Continue seeking out ways to improve your mood and prioritize your positive mental habits and improve your wellbeing. Here are some habits that can help you boost your mood:
1. Stimulate your mind
Read a book, the newspaper or articles online. Play board games with your loved one or friends. Do a puzzle or complete a brain teaser. Paint, color in an adult coloring book, or grab a pen and paper and draw. Learn to play an instrument or learn a language. Find a new hobby such as cooking, sewing or gardening. Write, journal and get creative.
2. Get physical
Exercise is shown to improve our mood and decrease feelings of depression and anxiety. It doesn’t matter how intense your workout is because your mood will benefit from physical activity. Exercise will help you feel more energetic during the day, help you sleep better at night, and relieve tension and stress. Even a little bit of activity, is better than no activity so grab your sneakers and go for a walk or a bike ride.
3. Stay socially connected
You don’t need a large group of friends to feel connected just someone you can talk to and relate with. People who feel connected with someone have lower rates of anxiety and depression. Volunteer, help out at a food distribution center, pick up the phone and call someone, use technology to connect with others, join an online book club, or hang out in the yard with neighbors.
4. Practice being kind to yourself
We live in world where we sometimes forget to check in and be nice to ourselves. We find it hard to say no to others overextending ourselves. Make sure you carve out time for you to do something you enjoy for you. Forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made. Challenge your self-critic and compliment yourself. Focus on your positive mental habits. Celebrate your successes, everyday! And yes, small successes count.
For many people, the effects of the pandemic will be long-lasting. If you are experiencing symptoms that are affecting your daily functioning, you may need to seek help from a professional. Note that you may not need to see a mental health professional for a long period of time but just for guidance, support and direction. For more information about individual therapy please go to our Services page.
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