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Maintaining Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Maintaining your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic can be extremely difficult, but there are several healthy methods that can help to manage any stressful, overwhelming emotions. Here is a variety of resources and activities that can help to boost mental health:


EXERCISE

There are many ways to get a workout into your busy day! If you don’t have any equipment, you can regularly take walks, go running, or go hiking. Participating in non-contact sports like golf, tennis, and track and field can also be a great source of exercise. During the COVID-19 pandemic, safety and health have been of utmost importance. Here are various at-home workouts you can try out as well: yoga, Pilates, Zumba, HIIT workouts, and weightlifting! Whatever you choose to do, we hope you enjoy your workout!


MEDITATION AND STRETCHING

There are several calming podcasts and videos that you can watch in order to wind down and relax after a stressful day, including the “Mindfulness Meditation” Podcast and “The Honest Guys” YouTube Channel.


Here is a simple stretch sequence from FitnessBlender that can done for a few minutes each day to relax and relieve stress:










EAT HEALTHY

One aspect of well-being that can drastically affect mental health is physical health and nutrition. Eating a more nutrient dense diet can improve mood and energy levels throughout the day. Try to opt for whole grain carbohydrates, such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, or potatoes instead of white starches. Also aim to include at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Another great substitute is to switch out red meat products with fish. Finally, try to cut down on saturated fats and sugars including fatty meat cuts, sausages, butter, and cream.


SLEEP WELL

Having a good night’s sleep is extremely important in order to feel refreshed and energized during the day. For relaxing sounds and music that may help you fall asleep, check out the Relax Melodies app and Calm app. To ensure that you’re receiving adequate sleep regularly, you can track your sleep schedule with the Sleep Cycle app.


UNWIND AND RELAX

It is important to take some time to yourself in order to unwind and relax. Some good ways to do this include reading books or listening to podcasts. Here are some podcasts you may want to check out: Headspace app, “Sleep with Me” Podcasts, “Daily Meditation” Podcasts. Additionally, you can use the Libby app on your device to find eBooks and audiobooks. It is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all method for relaxing. Do whatever works for you!


CONNECT WITH OTHERS

Connecting with others is essential to our mental health. It’s important to regularly talk to family and friends. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you feel isolated, chances are some of your family and friends may be feeling this way too. There are also online resources and hotlines available, including the Samaritans Helpline at 1-877-870-4673. This hotline provides 24/7 support to any adult feeling isolated, depressed, or suicidal.

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