The Pandemic Effect On Mental Health

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The pandemic has impacted the mental health of many.

 

In fact, as we head out of the other end, you may be worried about how you are going to cope with the continuous changes. Going back to ‘normal’ or close to ‘normal living’ post pandemic will have its own issues. 

Although it may be a mentally challenging time for many, there are simple and effective ways that you can help yourself. As well, you can help those that you care about to feel better and more in control. 

 

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The Pandemic Effect on Mental Health

Let’s have a look below at some of the ways you can look after your mental health as we turn towards a more positive future: 

Taking Care Of Yourself 

 

It is important to remember to look after yourself and to be kind to yourself. Whether it’s taking some time to yourself for exercise, sitting down to read a written piece from someone such as Dee Agarwal, or simply taking some time to pamper yourself. These are all good ways to be kinder to yourself through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Many people struggle to treat themselves kindly. In fact, many of us are nicer to others than we are to ourselves. Make sure you show yourself some compassion. Remember that this time hasn’t been easy. Take the pressure off and focus on the good. 

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The Pandemic Effect On Mental Health

Get Yourself Outside

 

 It’s a great time to make the most of the outdoors now that the weather is warming and the days are longer. It’s been proven that visiting nature and being in daylight is a massive mood booster. Even if it’s still a little nippy, get yourself outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. 

Get Yourself Moving 

 

Many people took a mental health hit when gyms and social facilities closed. Something that a lot of us have learned from this time is that you can still get yourself moving. Going for a walk, a ride or doing a home workouts are all great for your body and mind. Some people have even made a career out of it. For example virtual PT, yoga or workout sessions. The most important thing about getting moving is the enjoyment. Find an activity that you enjoy. You aren’t going to like every activity out there and you should not waste time with what you do not enjoy. If you are someone who isn’t keen on exercise, you may find that it’s the activity you are doing and not the exercise itself. 

 

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Sleep Is Important

 

You probably hear it all the time. But, do you know that lack of sleep or too much sleep can have a huge impact on your mental health? Although it may be easier said than done, you need to get a good night’s sleep. If you are experiencing a lack of sleep due to stress or worry, it’s completely understandable. However, it is also important for you to tackle it. Have a look for some ways to relax before bed, turn off technology half an hour before you sleep, and create a relaxing environment. 

Keep An Eye Out For Burnout

 

There are many people working harder than ever. If you are working at home, you don’t have the support of your colleagues. Additionally, it can be more difficult to switch off from your working day. And if you still have to go to work, or are going back to work, it can fill you with anxieties. It can be difficult to spot burnout and it can sneak up on you. However, if you start to feel less like yourself or you feel like you are constantly working it could be a warning sign. 

 

Find Support And Support Others 

 

Building a support group is a good idea.  Do not wait until you feel as if you need it. Instead do it because you never know when you, or someone else, will need a few kind words or a listening ear. Think about the people that you would like in your support group. Make an effort to stay in regular contact. It doesn’t need to be every day, just speak once a week or go out for an outdoor coffee or bite to eat

 

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These are just a few of the things that we have learned about our mental health during the pandemic.

Have you learned any ways you can look after your mental health?

Please share them in the comments below. 

Naturally Yours,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

 

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24 thoughts on “The Pandemic Effect On Mental Health”

  1. Hi Dr. Ho;
    These are great suggestions……..and we try to do all of those. It’s also good to listen to upbeat music or
    we listen to Christian music, Creating something pretty helps me, trying to be mindful about doing something kind for someone each day…….like going on facebook and wishing people happy birthday and also writing a lil something to encourage them as well, or emailing, or sending a card to someone that comes to mind….. it gets my mind off myself and onto someone else,
    spending time reading the bible and praying. All of these have helped my hubby and I throughout this time and time of retirement in the last 3 years. Also for exercise we many times do Leslie Sansone cd’s…you can find them on utube too, I think.
    Also, how is your Mother doing? We have been praying for her daily, hope your method of treatment has worked for her.
    Blessings,
    Nellie

    1. Nellie, thank you. I am pleased that you both liked the suggestions and also added to them. There is a great amount of knowledge in the hive mind. I agree that the Leslie Sansone exercise videos are very good. This is especially true for anyone that wants to get in some good exercise but has some difficulties getting out of the house or just prefers to exercise at home. You are very thoughtful to pray for my mom and it is very much appreciated. She is fighting to get well but her body is putting in a formidable fight. Blessings to you and yours.
      ~ Elise

  2. Thanks for these reminders, Dr. Elise! They are simple but because of that fact, we tend to overlook those activities. It’s good to remind ourselves to incorporate them into our daily routine to ensure our mental health. I do those things, especially some form of exercise and hobby because it has been nothing but stressful since the past year.

    1. Ivan, you have some great habits in place. You also make a great call out about the simple things. Sometimes the things that are so simple make the biggest difference are also the easiest thing to forget.

  3. I think the best thing to do is take a rest. The pandemic has been so exhausting. It limited a lot of things and it took away a lot of lives and countless jobs. We can do exercise, writing, etc. to have a better mental health.

  4. I don’t like to go out and that was the best thing for me. I was just affected financially but remaining I love being at home!

  5. This is a timely post and very relevant. We need to take care of our mental health to tide over this difficult time and come out stronger

  6. This past year has been pretty distressing for most of us. And even as we come out on the other side, things are going to be different. We all are going to have to take care as we adjust to our new normal. This is a good list for that.

  7. I have depression and last year when we were first put on lockdown, I was having such a difficult time. I could not be with my grandson, I felt anxious when I see police and military patrolling the neighborhood. However, two years into the lockdown, I have learned to cope and make the most of my day by tending to my flowering plants. That helped boost my mental health a lot. And I get to see my grandson every two weeks now.

    1. It has been a difficult time full of so many separations. Then we add on top of that the unrest of America and the world. The struggles are real and you have found a wonderful coping skill. As well, I can imagine the joy you must feel to be seeing your grandson regularly.

  8. Most important article for this pandemic moment. Everyone suffering in a different way. I guess meditation also will help us to gain some confidence.

    1. Meditation has been shown to have many health benefits including stress reduction and resiliency from traumatic events. This, in turn, can make you less susceptible to illness.

  9. I’m having a hard time with that “going outside” bit, especially with the situation in our country. But I do treasure slowing down and keeping quiet at times and not getting caught up with all the noise in the world.

    1. I highly recommend not doing anything that you feel uncomfortable with. Each country, each state, and even each county are having somewhat different circumstances.I wish health for you.

  10. It has been so hard for so many people over the past year+. Humans are social beings, and when we can’t be social, it definitely takes a toll.

  11. I lucked out with the pandemic in this area, at least. I’ve always been a homebody. I never really went out before, so I didn’t have the mental hardship of feeling trapped.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.