It’s been a tough year for just about everyone. Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, many of us are feeling scared, isolated, and perpetually frustrated. Unsurprisingly, living through a once-in-a-century pandemic is highly conducive to depression. To help protect ourselves and others from the novel coronavirus, many of us have severely limited the amount of time we spend away from home and the frequency with which we interact with people outside of our immediate households. Furthermore, considering the truly staggering infection numbers, most of us have been personally impacted by COVID-19 – either through contracting the virus or knowing someone who has. However, this doesn’t mean you should succumb to pandemic-facilitated depression. Consider taking the following measures to help yourself maintain a healthy mindset and positive outlook throughout this difficult period.
Regularly engaging in physical fitness can have several benefits. In addition to increasing stamina, flexibility, and longevity, consistent exercise can also help you maintain a healthy outlook and positive mindset. If you’re traditionally not a huge fan of exercise, regular workouts are liable to seem like a daunting prospect. After all, when many of us think of physical fitness, we picture impossibly muscular individuals sweating it out at the gym. While it’s true that you’ll likely undergo a small adjustment phase, working out doesn’t have to entail pushing yourself to your physical limits. A good workout can be something as small as a 30-minute walk or an invigorating set of stretches.
When people begin workout regimens, they often want to start big and see significant results as quickly as possible. As a result, many of them throw in the towel after failing to meet their lofty goals. By keeping your expectations realistic and making changes to your routine as needed, you can enjoy the benefits of staying fit without overexerting yourself. Just remember – you’re not in a contest, and you have nothing to prove. You can also complement your new exercise routine with tasty, energy-boosting shakes made with protein powders.
Touch Base with Loved Ones
For many of us, not seeing friends, family members, and other loved ones regularly has been one of the hardest parts of this pandemic. If you’re used to seeing certain people all the time, not being able to meet with them in person for an extended period is liable to trigger feelings of depression. Still, it’s important to realize that these people are still around and thinking about you. To help alleviate some of your loneliness, make a point of consistently contacting your favorite people.
Sure, in person meetings may be off the table for the time being, but in the digital age, there are more avenues of communication than ever before. Simply talking to these people consistently can positively impact your mental health and serve as a reminder that you’re not alone.
Indulge in Home-Based Hobbies
In many instances, boredom and depression go hand in hand. Unsurprisingly, when people who aren’t natural homebodies are trapped at home for extended periods, it doesn’t take long for boredom to set in. To help prevent yourself from succumbing to boredom, keep your mind active by engaging in hobbies you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of home. For example, if you’re a lover of the written word, now would be a great time to dive into any books you’ve been meaning to read. Alternatively, if you’re an avid gamer, there’s no time like the present to start working on any games that have been collecting dust. Furthermore, if you, like most people, have a seemingly insurmountable backlog of TV shows, movies, and other media, devote some time to making a dent in it every day.
It feels like we’ve all spent the past year running ourselves ragged. Between taking measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and picking up the slack for people who refuse to do so, many of us are truly feeling the sting of this once-in-a-century pandemic. As such, there’s little wonder as to why depression has become such a prevalent issue throughout this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone on the hunt for effective coping techniques should put the previously discussed tips into practice.
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