Having difficulty finding your inner peace during the pandemic? A study conducted by Angus-Reid found that 50% of people surveyed felt their mental health had worsened throughout the pandemic with 10% saying it had worsened “a lot.” So, what can we do to help ourselves get through this?
Self-care: Take care of yourself first. Schedule time in your calendar for yourself and do not feel guilty about it!
Get moving: Emotions improve with movement. Force yourself to go for a walk, stretch your legs, or do a 10-or 15-minute exercise routine of your choice.
Deep breathing: Practice concentrated, focused deep breathing for 5 to 10 minutes a day.
Make a daily to-do list: Even if you don’t get through it, even if it stares you in the face until you do start knocking items off that list - it “feels good” when you do!
Be kind: Be kinder to yourself so that you can be kinder to others who need it more than you do. Remember it’s okay to ask for help—to reach out, to cry, to have moments of hopelessness, despair, and fear. It’s okay to be human.
If you are struggling with mental distress or if your symptoms worsen, please seek help. Speak to your manager, your sibling, your best friend, your spouse, your HR professional, your parents, your doctor; but please, just speak. Ask for help. You are not alone.
Adapted from the blog "MENTAL DISTRESS (THE ECHO PANDEMIC): How our deteriorating mental well-being is affecting our everyday lives, professionally and personally" Link in bio.
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