The pandemic that the world has faced and is still affected by has caused many of us to think more about what is important, and in some cases, offered plenty of time to focus on ourselves and what to do with unexpected spare time.
It has also offered an opportunity to address mental health, so you are better able to work through any possible issues and make positive changes in life.
Here is a list of some things that the pandemic has taught us in relation to mental health.
1. There are other ways to get things accomplished.
The recent pandemic has taught many of us that there are different ways to do the things that you need to do.
Most people saw a difference in not only the things they were doing while much of the world was shut down, but it was also an exercise in handling things in unique ways, and perhaps at different times than normal.
In other words, it was necessary to be able to use your brain to make decisions and solve problems, even things that had not seemed relevant before. Keep in mind that it is possible to make your brain work as effectively as possible, but it might take some work to do so.
2. Changing your routine can be a good thing.
Changing up your routine was also a part of figuring out how to get tasks handled in a new way. One way that you can continue to do this is by training your brain through chunking.
This simply means working harder to improve memory, and adopting special techniques, so you are able to not only be mindful of the things that need to get done, but also making sure that another aspect of your life isn’t lacking.
After all, when you have to work harder to get work done, it may be harder to take care of your home life or your mental health.
3. It may be time to change your career and work towards your dreams.
When faced with major changes in life, especially ones that you have little control over, this might make you reconsider your life.
Perhaps you have lost your job and decided to make a career change, or you are thinking about how fragile life is. So many people have lost loved ones during the pandemic, which can really cause you to change your perspective.
If there is a goal you have been working towards, or you need a side business to make ends meet, this is a great time to start a business or change your job. There are many opportunities out there, and people are looking for new things and new businesses to work with.
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4. You have to take care of yourself.
You have to take the time to take care of your health. This means your physical and your mental health. In other words, you have to do what you can to eat right, exercise, and sleep well each night.
You should also reach out to a therapist when you feel the need to. There are multiple ways that you can connect with a counselor, including by using apps that can be downloaded onto your smartphone.
5. It is important to reach out when you need to.
Anytime you feel like you are experiencing hardship with your mental health, it is a good time to seek support. This is something that cannot wait.
Online therapy is something that is available in most areas and is cost-effective as well. Keep these things in mind if you are thinking about taking advantage of counseling.
6. It can get better.
You have likely heard the adage about getting through each day instead of worrying about the next. This is important now, even if it wasn’t something that you believed in before.
You may feel like some of your nightmares came true during the pandemic. If this is the case, you should give yourself credit for being able to live through your nightmares. You may not have known that was possible.
7. You are likely stronger than you think.
Again, you should remember that you were able to get through a complete change in your life and routine. Many of the things you like to do were likely impacted greatly, and you were able to make it work. This is something that should be celebrated.
There are probably many things you have learned in your own life when it comes to the pandemic and how to deal with it. This is invaluable information that you may not have learned otherwise.
It is important to keep the above lessons in mind when you are considering what has happened over the past year and when you are deciding how you want to move forward.
Be sure to take care of your mental health and stay mindful of what you are doing, so you’ll know when you need to make a change or start working toward a goal.
About The Author
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.