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Mental health boosters

Life at the moment is a tiny bit terrifying for all of us. Some of us have already been directly affected by COVID-19 and others are struggling with the social isolation and restrictions of lockdown. Whatever your situation, your mental health is likely to have taken a bit of a knock. This is completely understandable, but we need still need to be doing everything we can to keep it in check. Over the next few days and weeks we’ll be giving lots of suggestions and talking about some of the options below in a bit more detail, but today we just wanted to give you a few suggestions that you can be working on right now:

  • Exercise – get exercising! We know you can’t go out, but there is so much going on online right now that there’s no excuse not to get active. If you don’t have the best internet connection, just try dancing to some of your favourite music, or doing a spot of floor work. Our editor hates exercise more than most people, but even she knows that she needs to do something to keep her mind functioning and behaving on a day-to-day basis.Meditation – EVERYBODY is talking about meditation right now. The good news is that you don’t need to listen to whale song, sit in the lotus position and hum to yourself for the next four days to get the benefits…Instead you can check out one of the guided meditations available on YouTube or the splendid (currently free) course on the Headspace App to get started with a meditation practice. And the best part – it only takes about 10 minutes a day.
  • Journaling – yesterday we talked about mood journals, but journaling generally is a great tool for mental health. If you are struggling to work out why you feel so bleak, try and write about the feeling. Often you’ll find that you can get clarity when writing that you can’t get when just playing things over and over in your head.
  • Socialising – again, we know you can’t go anywhere, but grab your phone and call someone. Call your mates and check in with them, or if phone calls are too scary, WhatsApp them. Don’t just sit and scroll mindlessly on Insta – that isn’t socialising. Actually make contact and interact with another humanoid. We promise it’ll be worth it.
  • Get creative – It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a creative bone in your body. Get our a pen and do some drawing, or cook something new, or find a print out that you can colour in, or put together a collage using old magazines, or make something using things you can find around the house…Making something is super satisfying – even if you put it into the bin straight afterwards (as our editor did with her very inedible baking)!

Like we said, we’ll be chatting about all of these tools in more detail later on, but we just wanted to mention them now in case you were looking for some inspiration. And speaking of inspiration – sharing is caring – so here’s the deal… We want you guys to send us pics of what you’ve been up to during lockdown. We want you to submit your photographs to our editor at lizzie@panorama.co.za and we’ll feature the best ones in our next posts, and also in the upcoming digital guide. So, what are you waiting for, show us how creative you have been in beating the lockdown blues!

 

 

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