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  • Writer's pictureRachael Elizabeth Jones

How to protect your mental health during the Corona Virus

Hi friends! I hope everyone is taking extra good care of themselves and staying healthy. During such a stressful and troubling time, it is important that we take care of ourselves not only physically, but mentally as well. I wanted to write a blog post promoting taking care of your mental health during this world pandemic.

What can you do to promote a positive mental attitude and headspace?

The CDC recommends taking breaks from consuming news, it can be hurtful to continually hear about the pandemic. They also recommend taking care of your body by stretching, taking deep breaths and even practicing meditation. Lastly, they also recommend staying connected with family and friends through online platforms such as video chat or phone call.

Listen to yourself.

Everyone has those days when you feel off for no reason and you feel uneasy. When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed mentally or physically, listen to your body. Take things slow and one thing at a time. Remember it's okay to have a bad day and make sure to give yourself some grace.

Talk to your family and friends.

I have facetimed, zoomed, texted, called, emailed, tweeted, dmed and snapped many times since this pandemic has spread. I hope in some way you are staying connected with your loved ones and making sure to talk to them if you're feeling down or anxious. It's important that we stay connected during all of these shelters in place orders happening around us nationally.

Just the other day I woke up sick physically and mentally, so I reached out to my friends and let them know I was not feeling like myself and very sad. It helped to get words of encouragement and support for them while I was struggling to find joy in my day. If you know me at all, you know I like to smile and find the good! Remember, it's okay to ask for help.

Find your zen.

Whether this means doing some afternoon yoga, meditation before bed, praying or simply stepping outside and taking a deep breath. Find a healthy activity that makes you feel more at ease with whatever is going and gives your mind some peace.

Write it out.

I have recently started journaling my thoughts and feelings every day or so. This can definitely be something that only you write and only you read, but feel free to share certain posts with friends and family when you feel the need to be heard. I personally believe journaling is great way to document your life and a great tool to use later on in life. It's good to see our progress throughout our lives and learn from our past mistakes.

Do one thing solely for yourself every day.

My high school counselor once told me that I should make sure every day that I am doing at least one thing (or more) that is only for the pleasure of myself. It's good to take care of yourself and practice healthy self-care. Get in the bubble bath and put on a face mask, you deserve it!!!!

I know all of the things seem simple, but it's the little things in life that make the big changes later on.

I hope this blog helped you guys find some peace in this trouble timing and find new outlets to express your true feelings.

If you are feeling like you may harm yourself, please reach out to your loved ones, or find more resources on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website. Their phone number is (1)-800-273-8255.

You matter and you belong here on this planet for a very divine purpose. I know there is a specific reason that God made you and he has a whole beautiful story for you. Keep fighting friends.

If you need to vent or need a friend to talk to, please reach out to me via Instagram @UnapologeticallyRachael. Let's be friends!!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone is taking extra good care of themselves during this season of life.

All my love,

Unapologetically Rachael

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