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- During times of isolation, there are ways to care for our mental health that is still in our control.
- Research has found that exercising, staying connected, getting adequate sleep, consuming healthy brain nutrients, and cleaning up your living space, are all things that we can be doing during this time to support our mental health.
- We may not be able to control this pandemic, but we can still monitor what we do in our homes to support our brain health.
Coronavirus has affected all aspects of life on all corners of the globe. The constant news and social media updates seem never-ending, people are confined to their homes in isolation, and economic instability has already hit many. It can be hard not to feel overwhelmed. Times like these can affect us psychologically, and it is essential to care for our minds as we manage this crisis together. Below are a few ways we can care for our mental health.
If you are well enough, exercise is a powerful tool that can do more than trim your waistline. By increasing neuroplasticity, reducing the risk of cognitive decline, and improving mood, it can do wonders for your brain as well. Exercising at home can be simple with online apps and YouTube videos, providing a wide range of classes for all ages and abilities. Not into the structure of a class? Gardening, walking up and downstairs, or going for your government regulated once per day outdoor run or cycle can get you movement and some sunshine too.
We live in a time where technology has allowed us to stay socially connected, even when isolated. Social relationships, both quantity, and quality have a profound effect on our mental health. There are so many ways to stay in touch while at home – by phone, messaging, video calls, or social media. Reach out to ones you love and get connected.
It's easy to slip into the habit of staying up late, eating junk food, and staying in your pajamas all day long. Think twice, though, as self-care is essential for your mental wellbeing. Even simple tasks like getting quality sleep and eating a healthy diet can support brain health. 7-9 hours of restful sleep is crucial as this is the time the brain can remove toxic by-products that have accumulated and reduce the risk of brain disease down the line. Additionally, brain-healthy nutrients such as curcumin, green tea, and Omega-3 fatty acids can be easily incorporated into your day to support brain structure and function. Use this time to create routines to improve your body and your mind.
Quarantine might be the perfect opportunity to clean your living space. Research shows that clutter makes it harder for us to focus, a messy bedroom makes it harder to sleep, and dirty kitchens make it more challenging to make healthy choices. Use this time to tidy up your space and your mind.
We have very little control over situations like these. Still, we have plenty of control over what our bodies and our minds consume. Be kind to yourself during this time, and recognize that you are not alone. The whole world is standing with you.
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