MENTAL WELLNESS TIPS

Covid-19 Containment Wellness Tips; Mental Wellness for Everybody!

The mind is a powerful tool and during times of anxiety, we need to take stock of our meditations to ensure it works positively. Have a look at the best ways to stay stress-free during uncertain times; remember, your mental wellness starts with you!

1. Stop intrusive thoughts

Anxiety levels should be maintained at low levels to avoid serious mental health complications. Recognise intrusive thoughts for what they are, your brain processing fear and exaggerating worst-case scenarios and stop them in their tracks. Then replace them with logical thoughts.

Intrusive thought: “I am going to catch Covid-19”

Replace the thought: “I do not have symptoms currently and I have not travelled to high risk area. I am ok and I will take precautions and not panic”.

2 . Use your extra time

If you are now working from home, make use of the extra time that you would usually spend commuting: Start that exercise regime that you’ve been meaning to. Adopt a new habit such as starting the day with 10 minutes of meditating or deep breathing exercises.

3. Feeling peckish?

If you are feeling peckish while working hard at home then snack on fresh fruit, a small handful of nuts, fresh veggies like cucumber and carrots, plain yoghurt, a small packet of maputi or a couple of cups of popcorn.

4. Stay Positive

The current environment can cause a lot of fear and anxiety. Focus on the positives and create a list of important things you are grateful for. It is vital to consider important things in your life like family, friends, work, personal hobbies and interests. Recite your gratitude list, first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

5. Did you know ?

Socially isolated people are more susceptible to illness than those who are not socially isolated? People who maintain their social network and support systems do better under stress. Due to social distancing, working from home and the lockdown as a result of Covid-19, let’s maintain our social lines through social media like Facebook and WhatsApp. Give that old friend or close cousin a call because we all need our social circles now and after this is all over.

6. Fact not Fear

Stay up to date using trusted sources such as the World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Don’t risk triggering anxiety by immersing yourself in sensationalised media or social media coverage that may also be inaccurate. But limit your intake on news consumption. Abundant stress can lead to weakening the immune system.

7. Healthy Meals

Now that you have extra time with the children at home, let them help you cook healthy meals. They are more likely to eat a healthy meal if they have made it themselves.

8. Shop wisely

Ensure that when shopping, you make healthy food choices such as fresh fruit and veg. You are less tempted to snack on biscuits and chips if they are not in the house.

9. Food portions

Watch your food portions and dish up onto a smaller plate to ensure that you do not go overboard. No need to gain unwanted weight whilst in self-isolation

10. 5 minute breaks

Now that you are working from home, make sure you take a 5-minute break every hour. Have a quick walk around the house or stand-up and stretch and breathe deeply where you are.

11. How to cope?

Limit your intake of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to cope with anxiety-but rather plant a new herb in the garden, or kick around a soccer ball with your children.

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