During this strange period of a soft lockdown where social distancing and isolation are central, it is not only important to stay physically healthy but also to take care of your mental health. Maintain your mental health with the following practical tips:
So much news has been coming our way lately, via social media, news reports, the internet,… How do you distinguish correct information from fake news?
Do this by consulting reliable information channels such as government communication (www.info-coronavirus.be) and news broadcasts.
Does the overload of information make you nervous and restless? For good mental health, it is important to take one fixed moment a day when you consult the news through a reliable source. It is not necessary to listen to the same messages 3 or more times a day. In addition, ignore the sensational messages on social media. Above all, try to be critical about credibility, because fake news only causes unnecessary headaches that you can currently miss.
All sports clubs are closed but don’t let this stop you from exercising, it’s even recommended! There are still plenty of opportunities to exercise with respect for the current measures.
No inspiration? We have listed a few ideas:
- Look on the internet for some fun exercises that you can do at home or in the garden. Do you normally always work out with a friend or colleague? Then move together but separately via a video call and encourage each other.
- Try to improve your balance by standing on one leg every now and then. After a while you can go a step further and close your eyes. Good for the stability of your body.
- Make an obstacle course in the garden with your children or housemates.
- Find a (sports) challenge and put yourself on it. You can find these in abundance on the internet these days. Time and fun guaranteed.
Working at home is not always easy with children playing, roommates or other distracting factors. Think of the dishes in your field of vision or the mountain of laundry you see getting bigger and bigger.
This is the most important tip we can give: Try to find a quiet place in the house where you can concentrate. This could be at a desk or a kitchen table when the kids are playing outside.
Regularly stretching your legs has a positive effect on productivity.
Moreover, try to work with fixed ‘office hours’. If you start every day at the same hour, you create a rhythm in your working week. Also let your colleagues and environment know when you are available and when you are not. Once the working day is over, close your laptop and put it away. From then on, you are ‘home’ again to relax.
Don’t focus on crash diets or on achieving an ideal weight. This won’t make you happier. On the contrary, it takes a lot of energy both mentally and physically. Acceptance of your body, whatever its size or shape, will result in better mental health. Remember: Everyone is beautiful!
Go for a healthy and balanced diet. This is also important for the proper functioning of your immune system. Do you have some extra time? Then go for the one recipe you’ve been wanting to prepare for a long time.
Time for something new
Is it time to give your French an update or have you always wanted to learn how to paint or knit?
This is a unique period, where you might have a lot more time. Use this to teach yourself something or do something you’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Don’t you have the necessary material? No excuse! Most things you can buy online.
Create a rhythm
Was it Monday, Tuesday or Saturday? Who can keep the days and hours apart during this period? Maintain a healthy daily rhythm. Believe us, it’ll make time go faster.
- Get up at a fixed hour each time, you’ll have more energy than sleeping out every day until noon.
- Take time for your breakfast and also for your daily refreshment. It’s tempting to skip this, but hygiene is and remains extremely important. It may be a good idea to change your jogging or pajamas for normal clothes.
- Lunch at home, it can be more elaborate than lunch at the office. Don’t stay behind your screen and get some fresh air if necessary.
- Make sure you relax after the workday.
- And above all, go to sleep at a decent hour. Even if you don’t have to get up the next day to work.
Also remember: weekend = weekend. Yes also now! Are you used to aperitifs on Friday evenings? Why not now? Have a nice snack and a drink and make it cosy. Hey, you can even invite friends via video to celebrate the start of the weekend! Be sure to leave the house at the weekends and get some fresh air. Being inside the entire weekend will soon bore you.
Take care of each other!
Send a message or a letter to people around you who are alone so they know that you think of them and that you are there for them. In addition, offering a listening ear can also be enlightening for yourself. During these conversations, try to show understanding for the situations and feelings of the others, even if you experience things in a different way. Exchanging tips together makes for a positive note. A challenge: try to have a whole conversation without talking about Covid-19, ideal to change your mind.
Even simple gestures can make you smile. Wave to the cyclist or walker who passes by or put a teddy bear in front of your window in front of the children in the neighbourhood.
If you miss a friend or sweetheart, plan an activity together that you can do separately at the same time, a walk, a bike ride, a training session in the garden, a puzzle, making something creative … and then discuss your experiences with each other.
Take care of your mental health during this period. You are not alone, together we are strong!