5 lessons on mental wellness that the covid-19 pandemic has taught us

Coronavirus has made us question our way of life, but it has also taught us important mental health lessons that we need to follow.
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Mridul Anand Updated: 13 Oct 2020, 16:40 pm IST
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If there’s one thing that the coronavirus pandemic has taught us it is that we need to make a constant effort towards maintaining our mental health. The last seven months have provided us with a few valuable lessons to help us do this.

There’s no doubt that it’s been a rough year for everyone. The uncertainty regarding our lives combined with the sudden lifestyle changes we’ve had to make has taken a psychological and emotional toll on all of us.

One good thing, however, is that an increasing number of people are talking about mental health awareness. There’s an increased emphasis on building a life where safeguarding one’s mental health is the priority.

There have been five extremely valuable mental wellness lessons we’ve learned due to this pandemic that we can practice on a regular basis:

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1. Find people to talk to

It’s easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed at a time like this. It may sound like the most simple thing to do but reaching out to your network of trusted people can be extremely comforting. An honest conversation can go a long way in helping you manage your mental health.

2. Get enough sleep

Even before the pandemic hit us, our hectic schedules caused us to struggle with sleep. However, not being able to get enough sleep can really affect our mood and cause us to be irritable. Countless scientific studies recommend at least 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Make sure you get them!

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3. Take a break

We are constantly looking for ways to maximize our productivity but the truth is that overworking can have a negative impact on our mental health. Hence, it is important to take a break when you feel the need to.

4. Meditation can be effective

Techniques such as mindfulness, visualization, and breathing exercises can help you disconnect from the noise of the outside world. Even if it’s for just 20 minutes each day, ensure that you meditate. Regular practice will result in improved focus and patience, leading to a calmer state of mind. Try out the Mindhouse app to get started!

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5. Pick up a hobby

We’ve all seen our friends and family becoming social media chefs during the lockdown. So, why not try something similar yourself? Pick up a new hobby such as cooking, playing a musical instrument, drawing or even dancing! It can work as the perfect mental distraction from your hectic life.

Apart from these, we all have our own mechanisms that prove to be comforting in times of stress. Basically, you have to ensure that you’re taking some time out to take care of your mental health.

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Mridul Anand is the VP of courses and content at Mindhouse, a meditation-based mental wellness company.  ...Read More

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