To most, if not all of us, the coronavirus has turned our world upside down. What we considered to be everyday activities have been severely curtailed or stopped completely. As per the recommendations of the medical experts, many of us are quarantined in our homes.
For those living with mental illness, having the ability to voluntarily self-quarantine may seem ideal. But the reality is that this self-quarantine is detrimental to our mental health. Below are a number of ways we can prevent ourselves and others from getting the virus while not putting our mental health at risk.
- Open your windows. There is nothing like fresh air to remind us that the world outside still exists.
- Get some exercise. If you can get out of the house for even a short walk, you may find that you feel better. But, if not, some simple cardio will help tremendously.
- Reach out to others. Sometimes it takes hearing another person’s voice is just the pick me up that we need in times like these.
- Do something that makes you happy. Whether it is cooking, drawing, knitting or whatever makes you happy, do it. By doing what you makes you happy, you are proving that the depression cannot and will not win.
- Try to eat a balanced diet. Eating crap that messes with your blood sugar will only exacerbate the depression.
We are all in this together. We will get through. We just need to be strong and help each other through this crisis.