There is a huge correlation between mental health and physical well being. It can be hard to stay motivated when in self isolation.
Getting out of bed can be one of the most difficult parts of the day. With a lack of routine this can be even harder. Creating a routine chart has been really helpful for me. It’s important to stay flexible and set realistic goals.
I printed a blank template and put mine in a plastic sleeve so it works like a dry erase board.
Here’s a link to some free templates: https://bit.ly/2wUgeFq
These are some things I’m doing to keep myself sane in this time of uncertainty:
- For those in school, it’s important to find ways to continue our learning. Here’s the link to the Alberta Education Guidelines: https://bit.ly/2UYzbi6
- Exercise can be achieved in many ways. There are tons of free workout videos available online, many of which don’t require equipment. https://bit.ly/3dQP6YK
- Getting outside is also super beneficial to one’s health, just remember to practice social distancing. I’ve been going on lots of walks and have newly discovered a passion for photography!
- A healthy balanced diet is one that includes healthy amounts of proteins, essential fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. The food we eat can influence the development, management and prevention of numerous mental health conditions including depression.
- Meditation can be a great way to reduce stress. Meditainment is offering free access to their guided meditations. https://www.meditainment.com/
- Entertainment is a great distraction. I’ve read so many great books since self isolation began. Despite libraries being closed, many offer online materials. There are also tons of free virtual tours of museums, free concerts and performances available online. Services such as Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ offer free trials for a limited time.
- There has never been more time for trying new things. Crazy recipes, art and making music are just some of the things that are keeping me busy.
- Spending time with loved ones whether in person, over the phone or through a video chat, has helped me feel connected. This time is unprecedented and it’s great to know I’m not alone in feeling anxious or depressed.
My mental health has increased greatly by doing some of these things. That being said, my strategies aren’t one size fits all. Feel free to adapt, change and add things to this list.
Note: The Free Your Mind Mental Health Society is an independent youth-led organization. The contents of this blog are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. In the event of a medical emergency, please call your doctor or 911 or other local emergency numbers immediately.