The long-lasting effects of Covid-19 still have a significant impact on people’s mental health.
While we can’t predict what 2022 will bring, we can still adopt healthy habits on our own to gradually improve our mental health. Here are some suggestions for you.
Write a gratitude journal
Each day, think about the positive things that happened, whether they were big successes or small joys, then write them down in a gratitude journal. It doesn’t take much time, but it reduces stress, improves sleep, and builds empathy, which in turn increases the quality of relationships.
You should journal every day at a fixed time, for example before dinner or before going to bed. You don’t need to write long, just list one thing to be grateful for.
Breathe deeply five times
Stress manifests itself with many physical problems, such as stomach pain or digestive disorders. By changing the pattern of your breathing, like taking five deep breaths, you will cause your brain to depress the sympathetic nervous system and increase the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system. Not only will you be calmer, but you will also be able to digest your food better.
Spend time outdoors
Even though it’s cold, you should still be exposed to the outdoor air to be healthier both mentally and physically. You can take advantage of walking around your residence, office or out to the garden or balcony to relax. Just 5-10 minutes, you will feel less stressed and ready to go back to doing unfinished things.
Note, when enjoying nature, you should stay away from your phone so that your mind is not disturbed.
If you don’t want to hit the gym, spend a few minutes each day stretching. Although not helping you lose weight, stretching exercises still cause the brain to release endorphins, thereby improving mood. When you feel sad, don’t sit still but stand up and stretch your shoulders or stretch your legs.
Studies show that gardening improves mood and concentration, strengthens muscles, lowers blood pressure, and enhances coordination. This activity also creates opportunities for people to be exposed to more light and wind. In particular, you will not be bored even if you have to stay at home a lot, parents and children also bond more.
Be careful when using social media
Scientists have long shown that social media contributes to promoting negative emotions. In the context of society with many complicated problems, exposure to inaccurate news also makes people bewildered.
To improve mental health, you don’t necessarily need to quit social media, but use it more carefully such as reducing the frequency of social networks, staying away from unofficial sources, researching carefully before following. some page.
Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. If you feel exhausted, boldly ask a family member to look after the children for a few hours, ask your spouse to wash the dishes for you, or order food outside instead of cooking for yourself.
In the event that your mental health problems are serious, you should consider seeking professional help from a psychologist. This will prevent possible undesirable consequences.
Thu Nguyet (Follow HuffPost)