Covid has affected almost every aspect of daily life, and the effects on mental health are becoming much more transparent. While we are all doing our best to minimize the risks and stop the spread, it has become harder as time moves on. Spending time with friends, going different places, and watching our favorite places staying closed are just a few of the things that we have really seen. But the unmentioned, and often untalked about aspect of Covid is the effect that it is taking on our mental health. For those that are huggers, not having that physical touch from friends is hard. Social distancing, online learning, less get togethers, and many other aspects have started to really push limits on how everyone is coping with the shutdown.
Over the last few months we have shared some different ideas that can help with social distancing activities, and other ways to stay engaged and connected with those that you care about. But, this time IS stressful, and its okay to admit it! There are a few tips that can help reduce the stress on your mental health.
- Screen time – limit the time that you are spending watching television and surfing the social platforms. It is very easy to see the negative in what is going around. Try starting more positive posts, and compliment someone at least once a day! If you need a break from social or television, try reading instead.
- Find a new hobby – while we have our favorites, this is a great time to learn something new!
- Build your buddy system – sometimes we just need to be able to say “I am not okay right now” and talk it out with someone. Find a trusted buddy, and schedule time to talk at least once a week. By sharing with a friend that you trust, it can help relieve some of the stress!
- Build a bucket list – looking ahead and planning for future trips or activities you want to do can be a fun way to get the entire family involved! Have each person write down several things they want to do – and then you can work them into a list that you can start to complete!
- Try to spend some time outside – even if you can’t go far, taking a walk or sitting outside with a book or while talking on the phone can help to soak up some much needed vitamin D.
Mental health is not something to take lightly. There is nothing wrong with calling a professional and seeking more help as needed. While shutdown may last a lot longer than we anticipated, there are still many fun things to look forward to! Stay happy and healthy Ohana!