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5 Ways I Take Care of my Mental Health During Quarantine


We’re living in some strange times, and it can be easy for staying at home or listening to the news to get to you. I know it's gotten to me on more than one occasion. With everything going on I’ve definitely put my health to the side and struggled to adjust to this new normal. So in an attempt to take care of myself, here are 5 ways I take care of my mental health.
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1. Create a routine. I feel like with all of the lack of structure and uncertainty in the world it has helped me so much to have a routine. Whether that means I'm waking up at the same time everyday, eating at the same time, etc. For me, the way I stick to my routine and “schedule” my work or activities for the day is by using a planner. My planner has a month, week, and day page with a bookmark string for each section. One of my favorite things about the planner I use is that it has a section for daily goals, daily top priorities and then a day review. This way I get to set a daily intention and reflect on the day all in one place. I found my planner on amazon for $20, it’s a Lion High Performance Organizer Planner, but if you’re looking for a digital solution, I also like to use the calendar and reminder apps on my phone. 2. Get moving. I try to take at least 30 minutes 3-4 times a week to do some form of exercise, because it is one of the few times a day that I am focusing only on myself and my wellness. For me, I take this time to get away from the news or any work that I have piling up, and I use it to discover new albums like Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, or new podcasts like Roman Mars’s 99% Invisible. I try to take walks around my neighborhood(this is my favorite), do some yoga, or do workout videos on YouTube. Some of my favorite workout channels are: Yoga with Adriene Blogilates And some channels i’ve started following recently are: Chloe Ting Koboko Fitness Tess Begg (She’s a little bit more lifestyle but has some short workout videos that are cool!) Ana Mojica Fitness (This channel is in spanish so her videos may be good to watch with subtitles before doing her workouts if you don’t speak spanish) I admit even with all of these options, sometimes I’ll watch these videos for hours and not end up working out at all... but that brings me to my next point. 3. Let yourself feel whatever you’re feeling. We all have our bad days, and I think quarantine can make it much more difficult when those feelings hit. Moods vary, and I constantly have to remind myself that it is okay to not be super productive and energized during a global pandemic. When states and regions first started getting locked down I really struggled with the change and all of the uncertainty going on. One way I made sure to take care of my mental health was by using my Moodpath app to check-in on how I was feeling at different times each day. It gives me three moments each day to really stop and take a minute to not only assess how I'm feeling, but to remind myself that however I'm feeling is normal, whether that is anxious, happy, sad, or stressed. While I’ve found a way that works for me, I know that some people also use other methods to reflect like meditation or journaling. 4. Choose a time to catch up on the news. Speaking of designating a time to reflect, I think it’s also important to find a time to get informed. With the news updating so quickly, I understand how important it is to listen to governor press conferences or Global Pandemic Task Force Press Conferences, but one thing I will say that has helped me so much since this all began, is limiting the news. Unfortunately, most of what the news has been reporting recently is very scary and anxiety-inducing, and when I found myself beginning to get desensitized by the growing numbers of cases of COVID-19, I knew I needed to limit my news consumption. Now I turn off all push notifications for my news apps, allowing myself to decide when to get the news, and I chose a time to catch up on the news of the day by watching shows like Trevor Noah’s The Daily Social Distancing Show or World News Tonight with David Muir. The news is still difficult to hear, even when I section it off to a certain part of the day, but at least this way I am able to stay informed while limiting the amount of stress I feel throughout the day. 5. Make time for laughter. Lastly, it is so easy to get so caught up in the negative of everything going on. It happens to me on numerous occasions, but I have found that it is important for me to take time to laugh and to see the good happening around the world too. I’ve recently started watching John Krasinki’s Some Good News, which reports on only good news, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. I’ve also been making time to watch tv with my friends using Netflix party or to play online pictionary games like skribbl that I am terrible at, but always bring me a good laugh. I’ve even broken out some board/card games like Spot it to play with my family. And yes, sometimes it feels weird to be laughing and smiling at a time when the world looks so bleak, but I honestly think it’s one of the most important things getting me through. Thanks for reading! If you’re interested in more content like this, go ahead and subscribe to receive an email alert every time I post!
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