Take care of your mental health and well-being while at home

Noor Health Life

  Take care of your mental health and well-being while at home

  1. Plan your day

  We are all adopting a new but strange lifestyle.  It can be a threat to our mental health.

  Because it can be tempting to stay in pajamas all day, everyday routines are essential for our identity, self-confidence and purpose.

  Try to start your day almost as much as you normally would, and set aside time each day for a walk, to have fun, and to socialize and reflect.

  2. Be more active every day

  Staying active reduces stress, boosts energy, makes us more alert and helps us sleep better.

  Find ways to incorporate physical activity and engagement into your day and discover some of the tasks that work best for you.

  Even at home, there are many ways to keep your body active and exercise.

  3. Try something out for fun

  Relaxing and focusing on the current situation can help improve your mental health and alleviate negative emotions.

  Try a few meditation and breathing exercises to find out what helps you.  For example, sometimes we get so stressed that we don’t even remember how to feel calm.  When you are overwhelmed by stress, the process of gradually relaxing your muscles teaches you how to be calm.

  4. Keep in touch with others

  You may feel lonely, especially when you are alone at home.  Find creative ways to stay in touch with your coworkers, friends, family and others so you (and they) can feel more connected and supported.

  Find ways to communicate that work for you, whether by mail, phone, social media, or video chat.  The process can range from sharing a cup of tea on video to playing an online game together or just sending an encouraging text.

  5. Spend time meditating and showing self-control.

  Spend time every day thinking about what is good.  It is important to identify your accomplishments and the things for which you are grateful, no matter how trivial.  Consider having a Thanksgiving diary in which you can write two or three things each night before going to bed.

  Mindfulness techniques can also help you focus on your situation rather than on useless thoughts (although they may not be helpful for people with severe depression).

  6. Improve your sleep

  Feelings of uncertainty and changes in daily life may mean that you have more difficulty sleeping.

  There are many things you can do to improve your sleep.  If possible, aim to go to bed at the same time on the weekends and wake up at the same time every day, and try to get natural sunlight wherever possible.  This helps regulate your body clock which can help you sleep better.  You can email and WhatsApp with Noor Health Life to get more questions and answers.  noormedlife@gmail.com

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