Frequent hand washing, practice social distancing, wearing your masks, these are things you should be doing to protect yourselves during this COVID-19 pandemic. But while you take care of your physical health, have you considered how your mental health may be doing?
In this post, we will share with you the early signs of mental distress and how to take care of yourself holistically. We checked in with Cho Ming Xiu, the founder and executive director of Campus PSY, a non-profit organisation that aims to promote mental health awareness and peer support among youths and young working adults in schools and workplaces.
Early signs of mental distress
• Stomach aches
• Increased tension in the body
• Sleep difficulties
• Changes in appetite
• Decreased interests in usual activities
• Social withdrawal
• Increased risk-taking behavior
• Low moods
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feeling of being unworthy
If you notice that you are experiencing some of these symptoms, do not ignore it. Take a pause and re-evaluate your mental state. Fortunately, there are ways on how you can naturally take care of your mental wellness. Here, we have some of the most practical ones which you can do.
Get enough rest
First of all, you have to rest. Pushing yourself to do more while you are having mental distress is not going to work. We recommend that you have a consistent bedtime routine and have a fixed schedule of sleeping. The same goes for waking up, try to get up the same time every day. And if possible, limit your day naps so that it will not interfere with your sleeping habits.
The food we eat does not only affect us physically, but it can also affect our mood. Be more cautious about our food choices. For instance, choose healthy snacks over food that contains preservatives.
Maintain a daily routine
Idle minds can be a breeding ground for unnecessary and negative thoughts. And if you focus on that, it could be detrimental to your mental wellness. We say, do something productive like reading or picking up new hobbies as well.
Meditation is also an important key for positive mental health. This doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be simple breathing techniques or listening to relaxing music.
Volunteer for a meaningful cause
Lastly, doing something of a great purpose can help you feel more accomplished. Look out for groups where you can extend your help, this is healthy for the mind, not to mention for the community!