It's been a minute since I've been on here, but I am so happy to be writing again. For a lot of people, the pandemic has created a lot a lot of mental health issues. I would be lying if I said that the uncertainty brought on by this virus wasn't affecting me. Between the conspiracy theories out there, and the amount of information coming to us about the spread of this novel virus, this negative energy can be a bit heavy. The day school "shut down" pretty much had me in shock. Life was changing very drastically, and I felt like I was not in control of what was happening. The stress of it all began to set in. It was hard for me to get tasks done, and in my attempt to self soothe, I began to stress eat, which wasn't really helping my body. I had a lot of aches and pains, my period was late, and my cramps were on one thousand... When thinking about all of these things, I knew that something had to change. I needed a break from the chaos, so I leaned in the direction that brought me the most peace. I decided to make it a priority to focus on my health and productivity.
The first thing was to create a quiet space. I decided to limit who I spoke to. I don't know if it was being overly sensitive, but I found that some conversations were emotionally taxing. For some people, all they could do was talk about the craziness that was happening in our society, and those conversations made me feel overwhelmed. So to curb this negativity, I became very selective with my social circle. For me, this meant keeping "light" conversations with some people. Drastically limiting my intake of news and social media has also really helped me curb my anxiety surrounding current events. While I believe it is important to be well informed, it shouldn't be at the cost of your mental health. For me, if any significant changes were happening that I needed to know about, I would hear it from my family and friends.
I also had to make sure that I was eating healthy as well. An excellent way to promote good mental health is to ensure that you are putting good things into your body. That's where the benefits of meal prepping came into play. At the beginning of each week, I made sure to prep breakfast, lunch and dinner for the remaining days to make sure that I was eating something healthy and nutritious. I immediately felt better knowing that I was making good choices by choosing to put good food into my system. Besides, this method really helped to avoid me thinking about what I was going to have to eat during various parts of my day. Keep in mind, I am a student, so I needed as much time as possible to complete my schoolwork.
The last thing I did was make time to exercise. For me, I usually do this first thing in the morning to get it out of the way. There are great workout sessions on youtube, and instagram. Although sometimes a simple walk around the block worked well for me. Working out helped me to get out of my own head, and I found that when writing my papers, my thoughts were more clear and focused. It worked so well that I would find myself workout multiple times a day. I'm not saying that these techniques work for everybody, but in a way, it has helped me create some normalcy in my life. Hopefully, it will help you too! Let me know what you're doing to help you get through this part of our lives and if you'll be practicing any of these tips.
Love and blessings,
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