6 ways to take care of your mental health whilst in quarantine

March 30, 2020

Keep connected

Keep in contact with friends, family, and colleagues- times like this it is important to keep the communication going. We need to be there for our loved ones and those around us.

There are so many fun and creative ways to do this via apps like House Party to do group video calls.

You can also watch films/shows with them via Netflix Party or play board games etc with them via video calls.

Disconnect from your screens

A lot of people will be working from home during this time and it’s easy to continue working beyond your set hours simply because you don’t need that time to commute or when you’re in the zone.

But you should switch off at the end of the working day. So if you usually finish at 5:00 pm, finish at 5:00 pm. Don’t get tempted to work beyond that- it’s not worth it. Find other things to do with your time, believe me, you’ll be a lot happier for it.

Stay fit and watch what you eat

Being at home makes it so much easier to eat whatever you want and stay seated for hours. Therefore you must actively choose to exercise (outside if you can) or through workout videos on YouTube, etc. A healthy body = a healthy mind. Not to mention you will feel so good post-workout because of all the endorphins! 😌 

In addition to exercising, you also need to actively choose to eat healthy, nutritious foods as opposed to eating junk food otherwise you’ll feel sluggish/bloated and will gain excess weight you don’t need. Especially since summer is around the corner and who doesn’t want that beach body? 😉

I have been cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day and it’s been great. I love hot out the pan/oven foods because it’s fresh and ready to eat. But sadly I have yet to stay fit besides going for walks.

Note: I have downloaded the Nike training app to do home workouts.

Make time for you (self-care)

With everything that is going on, it’s understandable for you to feel stressed/anxious/overwhelmed with worry and panic but this is why you need to make time for YOU to unwind and relax your mind.

Here are some examples of how you can do this:

I’m currently doing The Science of Well-being course by Yale which is a free 10-week course, I’ll be talking more in detail about in another post once I complete it.

Stick to a routine

If you can’t maintain your normal routine (which makes sense and is likely) then you should most definitely create a new one.

What I have been doing is sleeping at my normal time and also waking up at my normal time but I have also been getting dressed to go for walks etc and most importantly I have been cooking/cleaning daily without a fail in between doing the tasks I have for the day.

Though some days are super boring and feel repetitive, at least it’s been productive and I’ve created a new routine for myself which is better than waking up not knowing what I will do that day.

Use your time wisely

We are all in the same boat, with the same 24 hours stuck in quarantine so it’s our job to make the most of these 24 hours, granted we need to take away at least 8 hours for sleep and 8 hours for working but we still have 8 hours of free time every single day.

Now from that 8 hours, we usually take away about 2 hours for commuting to work and back right? So we usually are left with 6 even less if we sleep/work more than 8 hours, which makes this time so valuable and a huge blessing amidst this virus situation.

It’s an opportunity for us to be more grateful for all that we have and more importantly, it’s an opportunity to find the good in a bad situation and how do we do that? Well, we can use this time to:

Hope these tips making staying at home a little easier and more importantly help you take care of your mental health?

PS. If you would like a quick read click here. (30 random facts about me).

Until next time…

With love,

Salma

YouTube & Podcast - Coming soon...