5 Top Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy During COVID-19
Staying mentally well during this time is very important to us all. Roman chapter 12:2 states; and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by renewing your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
My name is Sharon, alongside being a proud member of COM Church, I am a Senior Mental Health Nurse Practitioner working in Bedfordshire. My primary role is supporting individuals and families experiencing mental health difficulties and I would like to share with you some activities you can undertake that will help you to cope with the stress that COVID19 has brought into our lives.
Here are 5 tips that I have been using to encourage everyone to stay mentally healthy and reduce their anxiety.
(1) Stay Spritially Connected – I encourage you to dedicate time to prayer; try spending at least 20 minutes of your day praying, reading the bible, meditating on the word and taking time to connect with him. If possible do this at the start of the day, as it provides a solid foundation for the day ahead.
(2) Mentally Charged & Taking Control of your Mind – Think through what you want to do, what you want to achieve for the day and make a LIST. Take time away from social media and put down your smart phone. Give your mind some time to disconnect. Stay informed, but don’t become obsessed with the news and listening/reading information about the COVID19 situation. Avoid being overwhelmed, so set limits and don’t become anxious, stressed or fearful.
(3) Emotionally Prepared – Many of us are experiencing anxiety. Daily reports on the number of deaths and the real possibility that individuals we know may become victims of the virus. This is leading to an increase in the sense of fear; a state of not knowing what is going to happen next. You may be experiencing excessive worry, sleep disturbance, and other symptoms. You can help reduced some symptoms by changing your diet. I recommend that you try a more a more balanced diet; eat more fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water and attempt some exercise. Listen to your favourite music, or read a book; find things to do that make you feel relaxed.
(4) Being Relational – Remember that social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Use this time to connect with people you care about daily, via whatever technology that is available to you e.g. Facebook, WhatsApp, Zoom, etc. Our emotional wellbeing is essential and connecting with our love ones, friends and family will provide support and reassurance.
(5) Functional – Bring together all the positive elements we’ve discussed, reflect upon and give yourself space to process your feelings and how to manage them. This is an opportunity to practice positive actions; don’t react to fear. Be the person you want to be, stay well, stay safe and stay blessed.
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