A young woman wearing a mask, staring outside the window: Mental health problems due to pandemic.

Mental Health: Staying Afloat In The Era of A Pandemic

We have lived through many eras and experienced several happenings, but the current pandemic is different. These are strange times, and everyone has been affected by our current situation, in various capacities and magnitudes.

While we’re dealing with the uncertainties that exist, as well as the implications of the pandemic in different sectors, it’s essential to take care of our mental health.

Worrying about different scenarios, scary news updates, and the anxiety that comes with a global health problem could affect us, so we must prioritize self-care and our mental well-being.

Here are some tips to help you stay afloat amidst the turbulent waves:

Avoid Information overload

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The pandemic has taken over the news, and there are multiple updates almost every hour—most of which haven’t been positive. It’s so easy to get sucked into the news, obsessing over every update or statistic. To avoid panic and fear, it’s advisable to check the news minimally. Also, avoid unreliable news sources, as they could spread fake news aimed at increasing fear and anxiety.

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Connect with friends and family

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Try to spend quality time with your loved ones (if you’re at home together) during this period. Engage in fun activities, watch movies together, share a few jokes and more. If you aren’t with your loved ones during this period, you can stay in touch with them via the numerous social media and communication platforms available. Try to avoid being out of touch this period.

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Exercise often

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Physical activities such as power walks, jogs and other exercises help to reduce anxiety and boost your mood by producing stress-relieving hormones known as endorphins. Try to include exercise into our daily routine to help you improve your mental well-being.

Indulge and Engage in Fun Activities

Binge-watch shows on Netflix, watch exciting videos and helpful tutorials on YouTube, read a recommended book, play with Google AI, learn a new recipe´ and more. What’s important is that you engage in things that keep you busy and make you feel good.

Take A Relaxing Bath

If you’re still working at home or in personal lockdown and not going anywhere, you shouldn’t feel guilty about spending some extra time in the bathroom. Sometimes, all you need is to get up and take a refreshing and relaxing bath to make you feel better.

Don’t forget to breathe


Breathing exercise and mindfulness practices help ensure you stay grounded and in control, especially when you struggle with anxiety. When things get overwhelming, remind yourself to take deep, calculated breaths. Here are some breathing exercises to help you ease stress.

Reach out to Someone

Sometimes, things get too much: you can’t seem to control your racing thoughts, you feel awful, you’re mentally exhausted, and you can’t seem to balance your moods. Please know that you are not alone. Try to reach out to someone and open up to them; this helps to let out your feelings instead of bottling them up. If you’re anxious about your mental health and you think you might need professional help, you can reach out to virtual mental therapists or services such as Mentally Aware to speak to a counsellor.

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