By Scott Boyce ’22, Staff Writer
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began to take over, life as a whole has changed; distancing is the norm, wearing masks to protect each other became the norm.
Some people got used to living in their homes and even working with social distancing to keep themselves safe, others have not been entirely keen on the idea and want to get back out into the world and live the lives that they were previously living. For some, the transition was easy but for others, it’s horrifyingly difficult to acclimate to these changes.
Some people are existing in their homes just fine without any problems, others are becoming antsy, stir crazy and want to get back out into the world. Being inside all the time is not a normality to certain people and it drives them crazy and in some cases makes them mentally unstable. School is starting up again and it’s important to keep yourself stable and keep your mental state in check during these troublesome times.
What are the possible ways to keep yourself in check and make sure that everything will be alright in this time of global worry and fear?
Keeping yourself in check via exercise and a proper diet is always a good spot to start with. “But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health,” an article by the Mental Health Foundation reads.
If diets and proper eating are problematic there’s always the choice to better your connections with other people whether they be closer than you’d think or on the other side of the planet. “There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face-to-face. But that’s not always possible. Give them a call, drop them a note or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open. It’s good for you!”
In times of crisis like COVID-19 sometimes learning to understand yourself and truly reflect on the world around you can be a good thing as coming to terms with who you are can lead to clarity and lead to a drive to push yourself. “We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.”
Mental health is an important thing to keep in check. Without knowing the proper means to keep yourself stable, then living in during this pandemic is bound to be problematic. Remember to take care of yourself and learn how to keep yourself safe both physically and mentally. Keep your distance but keep your connections going strong. “Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.”