Maintaining your mental health can be difficult and expensive at best.
Enter a global pandemic and ongoing social distancing. Suddenly it's so much more difficult … and so much more important.
However, there are measures you can take to protect your mental health during the coronavirus.
5 ways to take care of your mental health during COVID-19
Here are some accessible and affordable ways to protect your mental health without entering a therapist's office.
Talk therapy is not just for people in acute need. In fact, regular therapy can help prevent you from getting into a serious mental crisis at all.
Many consultants put their practices online during the quarantine period. So if you already have (or have an eye on) a therapist, contact them directly to learn how to move your sessions to zoom or phone call.
There are also a variety of teletherapy apps that make connecting to an advisor as easy as sending a text message. BetterHelp and Talkspace are two of the best known services. However, you can also find special options that target specific demographics, such as: B. Pride Counseling.
Therapy is generally not cheap – although the digital apps are trying to make it an affordable service. BetterHelp is available for $ 30 to $ 70 a week and is billed monthly. This corresponds to the Copay tariffs for regular, insured advice.
Check out other affordable therapy options on-site, such as: B. Training clinics and support groups to determine if they offer online support during the outbreak.
2. Meditation apps
Even if you consider yourself to be sane, meditation can be a helpful tool – and it doesn't have to mean that you're sitting in a lotus position on a buckwheat cushion and not thinking about anything.
Guided meditation apps like Headspace and Calm offer a variety of mindfulness exercises, and many include free resources in addition to their paid services. You can also find guided meditation videos on YouTube.
3. Go outside
A free way to stay sane is to spend time outdoors. This is obviously a more difficult matter than before the virus, but it is still possible.
Outdoor excursions are generally considered to be low-risk as long as social distance measures are followed. Many parks and trails have reopened, and a stroll through your neighborhood is always an option.
4. Move around
While the gyms are closed, there are some great ways to get around at home without spending a lot of money. YouTube channels like Yoga with Adriene offer free yoga exercises for all skill levels, and a variety of gyms and gyms have started streaming their personal classes online.
Exercise is one of the best ways to stabilize your mood and improve your mental health, regardless of your shape or size. One of our most popular body positive gyms, the Fat Kid Dance Party, offers online classes long before the quarantine and also offers recorded videos.
5. Be realistic
Even if you check all possible boxes to keep up with your mental health, it is important to understand that we are having a shared traumatic experience – one that is unprecedented in almost every life of a living person. (The last pandemic of this magnitude was the 1918 H1N1 flu.)
All of this means this is a very difficult time and you are likely to have very difficult moments. It is important to be realistic about your mental health expectations and understand that it will be difficult no matter what.
But here's something to keep in mind: Even if it feels like this while you distance yourself socially, you are far from alone. Literally everyone else on earth will go through this with you. So if you have a particularly hard day, feel free to feel sorry for yourself by texting, calling or zooming out.
Jamie Cattanach's work has been featured at Fodor, Yahoo, SELF, Huffington Post, Motley Fool and other outlets. Find out more at www.jamiecattanach.com.
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