During this pandemic, many may be feeling a sense of disillusionment and fear which can affect ones wellbeing greatly. If you find that you are struggling, it is normal given the circumstances. Here are some ways that you can continue to keep your mental health in check.
A good boundary allows you to keep bad or harmful things out and let the good in. You have free will and a choice to say no or yes to someone or something.
Boundaries may be financial, relational or vocational. Most times the person we must begin to set boundaries with is ourselves. An example of a simple but good boundary: Logging off social media a few hours before you sleep.
Say it with me “It is ok to see a therapist” Repeat as many times as you need to believe it.
What therapy does is give you the tools to navigate life’s situations which can get murky, hard and for some unbearable. If a therapist is not financially viable for you, some churches offer trained counsellors. If this is still not an option, seek out a safe friend who can offer a listening ear.
Ever wondered why you feel great after a workout? That is because endorphins are released into your body when you exercise.
Endorphins are like the body’s aspirin. Moving your body can help lift your spirit and mood.
4. Check your internal critic
Some people struggle with a harsh internal critic. The narratives that this negative self-talk dishes out can range from how terrible a parent you are, to how much people detest you.
A few ways to challenge that negative self-talk include being kind to yourself and writing positive statements about yourself.
5. Mute social media
Information can be life-giving and draining all at the same time. If you find yourself overwhelmed or sad after going through your timeline, it’s ok to give it a break or shut it down completely.
6. Relaxation techniques
There’s a wide range of these: breathing exercises, Christian meditation, journaling, going on walks, being in nature, eating a good meal, talking to friends, listening to worship music, picking up a hobby. The list is endless but find some that work for you and practice these when you feel overwhelmed.
Life is a marathon. And if you attempt to sprint through it you will likely burn out or die early.
Find a balance that is sustainable and does not cripple your mental health. Live in the present and savour every moment. Take moments of intentional rest. If God did it, so should you!