Updated: 2020, Oct 19

Tips on How to Maintain Your Mental Health During a Pandemic

Learn how to help support your mental and behavioral health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Tips on How to Maintain Your Mental Health During a Pandemic
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Your mental health matters, and it’s important to maintain it when you need to stay grounded and secure. The pandemic seems relentless, and it refuses to stop. You may wonder if there is a way to maintain your mental health during all of this. There is of course, and here, we’ll look at some of the best ways for you to keep your mental health in check with everything that’s going on.

Consider Working Out

Working out is one of the best things for your mental health. In fact, working out can boost your mental health and help you stay fortified.

Working out is good because it is helpful in improving your endorphins, boosting circulation, helping with immunity, and it can help you stay more positive.

With everything going on, taking care of your mental health through working out is a great thing to do. It isn’t a total solution, but it is a good way to get out of your head. It puts the focus on your body or the action outside, and it will help shred fat and make you look even better.

You should definitely consider this if you feel the gloom of the pandemic taking over your mind and you need something to get your mind off everything going on.

Consider changing your Diet Too!

Your diet also should be changed too. What we eat does affect how we feel. Do you ever feel like garbage after eating a bunch of bad food? While depression eating is very real, getting your health in check is important, and it can also help improve your immunity.

Some people use intermittent fasting which can help you lose weight, but it doesn’t have to be something extreme either. It can be something as small as eating out less, having veggies and fruits, and well, eating good food.

If you change your diet, it can help you feel better, and it’s a good way to keep you mentally fortified too.

Consider Getting Help if You Need It

If you’re really struggling, you should definitely consider getting help. A mental health test can help you figure out what your mental health state is and what kind of help you can get for it. Remember, it isn’t a bad thing to get help either. You can only do so much, and with the uncertainty of the pandemic, it can be a struggle.

If you do need a therapist or someone to talk to, there are options online, and during a pandemic, having that resource may be what you need. Remember, there is no shame in getting help, so if you need it, don’t hesitate to ask for it.

Avoid the News

While it is important to stay informed, there’s such a thing as being too informed. The information from the news is typically skewered to lean one side or another, and the news is both a blessing and a curse if you’re struggling to really stay in the know and better informed.

When looking at the news, consider more unbiased sources, or people who are a little more leaning in the center, not one way or another. With the pandemic news, it’s good to stay informed, but also understand that if you spend too much time listening to this, it can be detrimental.

Consider a New Hobby

A new hobby is a great way to keep your mental health in check. A new hobby gives you something to do, can make you feel good, and really improve your wellness and happiness.

A new hobby can be something as simple as gardening, or even taking on something more extensive. Don’t be afraid to try something new during all of this.

The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but luckily, there are plenty of means to help you keep your mental health in check with all that’s going on.

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Sam Kramer, MS, RD, CSSGB, LDN, CISSN

Sam Kramer is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, and Certified Sports Nutritionis

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