Covid-19 has been no easy feat for anyone but especially those who suffer from mental health issues specifically depression and anxiety. As someone that suffers from anxiety this has been an experience in which I have really needed to look inward and work on some things. Luckily we live in a day and age where there is so much online that works to help people with anxiety and depression. Today I am going to give some tips on ways that I personally have used the internet and technology to help myself during these pressing times.
First way to help that I have found to be very effective in my life to keep things simple. Don’t try and over do anything, but also try to at least accomplish things throughout the day. A great way to do this is by using the 20, 20, 20 method. The 20, 20, 20 is described as the first thing in the morning when you wake you use the first 20 minutes to workout. These first 20 minute are to get your mind and body awake and ready to function at its best for the day ahead. The second 20 minutes are used as a reflection period. This reflection period can be done in multiple different ways. Some people take the 20-minute reflection time to journal, others to meditate, and for me I spend it with 20 minutes of yoga. The final 20 minutes is used to learn something new. This can be in any subject, field, whatever one wants to do. These last 20 minutes are a time to awaken your creativity and brain function. For me I use this as a time to work on my graphic design skills. This 20, 20, 20 method has been very effective in helping me keep my composure during this epidemic.
Number two is to use different applications on your phone or tablet. There are so many amazing apps out there that are created to specifically serve those with mental health issues. One app that I really enjoy is called Headspace. Headspace was created to directly correlate with the exact mood that you’re in. It has guided meditation, community, and everything that anyone with anxiety or depression needs for when things are feeling a bit off.
Number three is go outside. I can not express how valuable going out in the sun and nature is to help uplift any mood. I have been trying to spend at least 30 minutes outside every day. I spend most my time outside doing homework, taking a walk when on the phone with family, and kicking the soccer ball around. You can get creative with this but as mentioned before it is a very simple trick that is very valuable for helping aid the issues.
The final tip I have to help combat the mental health issues is to make sure to stay in contact with friends and family. Due to the fact we can not be with everyone we would like to be with it is important to stay in contact. I do this by using zoom as a place to host hangouts with friends to stay and contact and help keep each other sane. For connecting with family I primarily have been using Facetime a lot to help feel less homesick. Staying in contact is so helpful to make anyone feel a bit less anxious and alone during this epidemic.