The pandemic has taken so much already - jobs, plans, dreams, savings, and even lives - from everybody. Eight months into lockdown, and you may have felt anxious, stressed, or at some point, apathetic towards the current situation - we are!
We understand very well; these are perfectly normal emotions and feelings. Sacrificing so much has taken a toll on people financially, physically, and mentally. Covid-19 fatigue is real, and it’s dangerous, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and it is facing a resurgence in most countries.
We, at CollaboX, are an advocate for this year’s theme of Mental Health Day. Different organizations and brands like us, are coming together to increase investment in mental health, particularly one’s own well-being. Some may not have the privilege of having enough money and/or time, so here is a compilation of simple self-care tips that may help you during quarantine:
Get some natural light. Take the time in the morning to get out of the house (with facemask) or stay at any part of your home that brings in enough sunlight. This will help boost your mood at the start of the day.
Take a bath or shower. Aside from cleaning purposes, baths or showers are therapeutic. The sound or sight of running water or the smell of bath products give some satisfaction to others. Additionally, it mimics the concept of washing away stress, problems, or the day off in general.
Let it out. If the feelings become too overwhelming, you can choose to talk to someone about it. It can be a family member, trusted friend or seek professional help. Some organizations, like Silakbo PH offer free professional help online. Apart from this, writing down your thoughts and emotions can also be another outlet for you. You can do this freehand or use tools like My Soul Brief-Case to help you process.
Learn something new or pick up something old. It’s time to learn that skill or sport you’ve been putting off for quite some time. On the other hand, you can pick up where you left off with your gardening or get acquainted again with the guitar left in the corner of your room.
Take a break from social media. We cannot control how others react or feel on the internet. Instead, we can control our own actions. You might find social media break over the weekend liberating, and it may help with your perspective in life. It might give way to more available time to do the hobbies or interests mentioned.
Move that body. Dancing, walking, or even simple grounding exercises - found in Doing What Matters in Times of Stress - helps us become active. Limited activities due to safety reasons should not stop us from remaining physically active.
Do something that makes you happy. Last but not the least in our list is so simple. As long as your actions hurt no one, and it makes you happy, do not forsake yourself of these moments. May it be eating, reading, watching Netflix shows, or even cooking, we say go!
Some may wonder why the burden is on ourselves in taking care of our mental well-being. Yes, we recognize that mental health is not only a problem psychologically but also factors in aspects of politics, economics and so on. However, Carl Rogers, a well-known psychologist, believed that how people value and treat themselves plays a big role in their well-being. In a study done among patients with Type 2 diabetes by Tol et al. (2015), taking care of the self leads to improved well-being. It also shows a decrease in morbidity and mortality and reduced healthcare costs.
COVID-19 responses have always focused on tackling or addressing the pandemic as a physical health crisis. Now, organizations like WHO are doubling their efforts on mental health as an integral step in the worldwide recovery plan. You can do small things on your own, spread the word to your loved ones, and this becomes a lifestyle in the new normal. We would love to hear from you - share with us your own self-care experience.