Evidence shows that spending as little as 10 minutes a day in nature can enhance feelings of happiness and reduce stress. Plus exposure to the sun can be a great way of topping up your Vitamin D levels to boost your immunity.
9. PRACTICE MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS & BREATHING TECHNIQUES
Meditation is a great way to calm your mind, improve your sleep, and stay grounded in the present moment when overwhelming thoughts arise.
There are some great apps like Calm & Headspace you can download for meditation. You could also sign up for an online yoga class or a guided meditation course, go for a mindful walk by observing the nature and sounds around you, or engage in creative activities, such as drawing.
Practice mindfulness techniques regularly, such as deep breathing. When you start to feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a 5-second breath in, and slowly let it out. This breathing will help your blood flow and help you feel more relaxed.
10. KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Practising gratitude will enhance your optimism, and alleviate your anxiety. Research shows that people who regularly practice gratitude have a more positive outlook towards life, and are more resilient in getting through challenging situations. Keeping a gratitude journal will help you value what you have, and focus on the small positive things in life.
The uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis can make anxiety and worry, debilitating and confusing. This may nudge somebody for the first time into mental health concerns, and may push those with already a fragile mind into worsening mental health.