7 ways to improve your mental health during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s perfectly natural to feel stressed and anxious while managing a situation like this. At this time, focusing on how to control and maintain your mental wellbeing is equally important as your physical health. Your mental health is an important piece of your overall health. If you’re feeling worried or helpless, it’s time to identify ways to manage your mental health.

We’ve put together some powerful tips for coping with stress and anxiety during COVID-19 and increase your resilience during this time:

1. Understand your risk factors
It’s easy to get anxiety when it comes to taking in new information on COVID all the time. And when there’s lots of misinformation out there, it only worsens your mental wellbeing.

So, you should only collect information from the authorized sources. This will make your head clear and you can get accurate information.

Credible sources include:

The World Health Organization

Health Australia

2. Don’t watch the news too much
Yes, it’s very important to stay informed on all the ongoing COVID-19 situation but checking too much news won’t do any help to you. Besides, it will only risk your mental wellbeing, making you stressed. Your mental health will be better served if you limit your consumption of news stories to once a day.

3. Try not to think about the “what-ifs”
Naturally, we tend to think about the worst possible outcomes. Mental health experts call this “catastrophizing” and it’s so common that it appears on every list of unhealthy thinking styles out there. This will make you underestimate your abilities to overcome the situation. Remember, you are resilient and you have your family and friends who care about you. Thinking positive always help overcome tough challenges.

4. Refresh your mind
There’s never been a better time to dive in than this. Use this opportunity to refresh your mind. Try out different Yoga’s that works for managing your stress and maintain inner peace. You can practice self-care, re-watch old TV shows, pick up a new hobby or many more.

Look at the opportunities in the crisis and understand how important self-isolation is and support each other doing so.

5. Keep up a healthy diet
It’s also a great time to take care of your health. Even if you can’t cook, you can take this time to learn great cooking skills. Many of us don’t take time for it out of our hectic days. So, why not start to try all incredible amazing looking and nourishing recipes that you can find in Google easily. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself enough. This time you should make sure you have better immunity to cope with any flu or virus.

6. Keep a proper sleep schedule
A good sleep schedule can help you manage the stress in your life, and provides you with better-coping abilities to handle stress. To get a proper night’s sleep, follow these “sleep hygiene” tips:

Keep your bedroom cool, dark and quiet
Avoid performing any work tasks an hour before bedtime
Don’t exercise before bedtime
Make the same schedule to go to bed and wake up every day
Get daily exercise
Avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol late in the day

7. Stay active
Physical activity reduces stress while also improving your mood. You can check out workout tutorials or just go out for a jog or do some yoga. This way you will be maintaining your healthy weight and managing your stress at the same time.

Study NSW has prepared the resources to assist international students to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to support your mental health and wellbeing. Click Here for details.

Study NSW and the Australian international education sector are working hard to support the health, well being, and academic success of international students. If you’re looking for some help, here are some helpful information for International Student Welfare Services Hub.

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