The coronavirus disease did not just bring the virus but also anxiety and depression to the people. The continuously growing number of infected people, deaths, poverty, and isolation are some of the reasons for mental health deterioration in the world.
“The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil – they all caused or could cause psychological distress,” said the World Health Organization’s mental health department.
Depression, anxiety, and any other psychological issues are hard to deal with, especially during this time of the pandemic. It is challenging to find something that could lessen the disturbing feeling, but some activities that interest you might help you cope up with the situation.
What are These Activities?
- Write Your Thoughts
When you are distress and feeling anxious, your thoughts are flooding in your head that could affect your emotion in the process. So, you have to let it go. Let it out by writing your thoughts whether in your journal or your blog. In that way, the thoughts in your mind will be released and eventually help you feel at ease.
- Do Simple Exercise
Sometimes when your blood can’t circulate well, it can result in a sudden change of emotion or unwanted reaction of the body and mind.
However, doing simple exercise can help regulates your blood as well as elevate your mood. You don’t have to perform heavy exercises, simple walking, dancing, biking, or jogging can do.
- Connect with Nature
According to studies, the sound from nature can help your mind to relax. A simple strolling in your garden or walking under the trees can ease your depression. In today’s case, since it is limited to go out, you can try to download videos that include nature’s views and its natural sounds. In that way, even if you’re at home, you can just play that video on your computer screen or on the television to help you relax.
- Talk to Someone
Isn’t it reassuring when you have someone to talk to and someone that could understand what you’re feeling? According to Ghadia-Smith, social connection is a basic need, and as human beings, we need someone who will be there for us no matter what.
You don’t have to do it alone because you have someone out there that could help you with what you’re dealing with. Talk to someone you trust such as your friends and family.
- Make Arts/Music
Making arts can help you release the uncertain feeling and the crazy thought in your mind. It can even unleash your hidden talent in making art or music. There are also programs such as art and music therapy that you could join in.
There are various art-making activities that you could try to ease depression, such as painting, coloring, or pottery-making. You can also make your own music and play different instruments. Studies have shown that music is effective for relaxing your mind and fighting depression.
- Take A Rest
Sometimes all you need to do to relax is to climb onto your bed and take a rest. Your mind can be so tired thinking about all the negative feelings and thoughts that sleeping can be the only way to help you ease the anxiety.
Moreover, regulating your sleep can boost your mood, energy, and the function of your body. Make a sleeping routine where you sleep and wake up exactly, based on the schedule you made