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Feeling A Bit Under The Weather?

South Africa is currently undergoing an extension of the nationwide lockdown period, it is without a doubt that many are experiencing a significant amount of stress and anxiety heightened by feelings of unrest, uncertainty, and loneliness.

The mental health effects of COVID 19 are as important to address as the physical health effects of the pandemic, as these are indeed challenging and unprecedented times.

It has become increasingly important for people to protect their mental health and wellbeing and to develop and practice coping skills to stay afloat during these times.

Here are 5 tools and tips to support your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID 19 pandemic.

  1. Limit Screen time

According to a recent article published by the World Health Organisation, limiting time watching, listening to news reports that make you feel anxious or overwhelmed can pose many harmful effects to your overall wellbeing.

Although it is important to stay informed and engaged with the developments around the COVID 19 pandemic, it is equally important to protect your mental and emotional wellbeing by filtering what you respond and engage with online, this could be done by minimizing the amount spend online, filtering and curating your social media feeds to display only content that you want to engage in.

2. Maintain physical exercise and good nutrition

A few minutes of physical exercise has been proven to hold many positive benefits to maintain optimal health and well being, it can help decrease stress, improve the quality of sleep and make you feel great.

  1. Engage in content that inspires you

Watch motivational videos, read inspiration books or listen to engaging podcasts, it is important to remain positive and uplifted during these times. As recent studies have shown, reading inspirational books like personal development and autobiographies brings about an immense sense of calm and helps keeps your brain active and engaged.

  1. Stay Connected.

Who said you have to be in physical contact with someone to be connected, technology has made staying connected more effective and accessible for many with platforms such Zoom, Facetime, and other video conferencing platforms, throw your own Zoom live party and invite your friends.

  1. Take an online course

One of the silver linings of the COVID 19 outbreak has been that we all have time, time to cook homemade meals, spend time with family, workout and do the laundry, not only is this a time to self-reflect, it is also the perfect opportunity to improve our skills. There are countless options online, many prestigious institutions have opened up their course material for free. Khan Academy is offering free online courses in Growth Mindset and Entrepreneurship. Checlk out www.khanacademy.org

Let us know how you are supporting and protecting your mental health and wellbeing during this time. Remember, we are in this together.

Stay Safe. Stay Positive.

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