How to Care for Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Regardless of the reason, coping with stress and anxiety during times of crisis can feel overwhelming. For most of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has produced many adjustments to how we live our life on a daily basis. Depending on your location, these changes have not only altered our daily routines, but they have also added uncertainty, financial pressures, and the impact of managing/maintaining social isolation. Additionally, you may worry about contracting the virus, how long the global pandemic will last, as well as what the future will hold.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience anxiety, stress, fear, loneliness, sadness, and even depression. Even the healthiest relationships can start to feel strained after weeks of social isolation. As individuals with pre-existing mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, these feelings can worsen during a crisis. Now more than ever, it’s important to care for your mental health. Learning self-care strategies and getting the professional assistance you need to help you cope can make all of the difference in the world while we weather this temporary storm.

The good news is that properly dealing with stress will make you, your loved ones, and your community stronger. Moreover, you are not alone. The professionals at Be Psychology are here to offer a few tips to help you manage your stress and maintain your mental health during this temporary global pandemic.

Take Care of Your Mind and Your Body

1. Exercise regularly.

Daily exercise and physical activity can help overcome anxiety and improve mood. The key is to find an activity that includes movement. Whether you run on a treadmill, dance, or opt to use an exercise app, you need to get moving. Whenever possible, go outside into an area that allows you to take in some fresh air, while adhering to your local social distancing rules and regulations. This daily physical activity will not only improve your mood and reduce your stress, but you’ll find it will also increase your energy levels.

2. Practice healthy eating habits.

We’ve all heard the old saying, “you are what you eat.” Whenever possible, choose a well-balanced diet with lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid filling up on foods high in saturated fats and refined sugar that leave you feeling foggy and sluggish. A well-balanced diet will make you feel better today and for the long run.

3. Limit screen time.

For those of us working remotely, we are on our computers and other smart devices for a great portion of the day. We suggest turning off your electronic devices at least 30 minutes each day, especially before bedtime. Use this screen break to exercise, complete a few of the items on your to-do list, or simply relax away from all of your screens – to include your tablet, television, computer, and smartphone.

4. Relax and recharge.

While it’s important to have a schedule and a routine, it’s just as important to allow yourself to recharge. Be sure to take time every day to do things you enjoy, as well as things that help you relax. Whether it’s playing a game, completing a puzzle, reading a book, watching your favorite television program or relaxing in a bubble bath, the key is to take a few moments for yourself to experience joy.

5. Connect with others.

As we all continue to remain in social isolation, it’s important to stay connected to the people in our lives. Take advantage of virtual connections, to include texts, emails, and video conferences (such as on Facetime, Skype, or Zoom). Enjoy virtual socializing and talking to your friends, family, and colleagues. Maintaining these connections will also help you reintegrate once life returns to pre-pandemic normalcy.

Be Psychology Center – Ask for Help When You Need Help

While we all try to “remain calm and carry on,” it’s important to ask for help when you need it. At Be Psychology Center for Emotional Wellbeing, our team of professional psychologists is dedicated to helping you achieve your therapeutic goals to live a happier and healthier life. Our custom-tailored consulting services are designed to empower individuals to overcome their struggles, so they can become the best version of themselves.

As we comply with current COVID-19 guidelines and regulations, we continue to offer our therapy sessions via virtual platforms to provide the support you need to maintain your mental health during these temporarily uncertain times. As with your traditional sessions, virtual sessions are completely confidential, safe, and secure. Additionally, if your traditional sessions are covered by your insurance, your virtual sessions will be covered by your insurance provider as well.

Contact a member of our team to learn more about how visiting a psychologist in Dubai can improve your life.


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Reem Shaheen – LMHC