The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. According to Helpguide.org, these are a few reasons why your mental health might not be where it was pre-pandemic. Helpguide.org talks about how isolation and loneliness fuels depression. Humans are naturally social beings so, if you factor in cutting off most physical contact with close friends and family, you are likely to find that depression symptoms worsen or new ones to transpire.
Some tips to help you cope can be identified as the following:
- Staying connected with family and friends virtually during quarantine. Keeping in touch with your circle will put loneliness at bay. Create some type of structure for yourself meaning, staying busy. Invest in a hobby that is not only fun but interactive as well.
- Going into the physical health aspect, a great way to combat weight gain during quarantine is always staying active. Most people during this pandemic have been stagnant in their own homes so, even just getting up and walking around your home can help help as long as you’re moving.
- Another tip is to maybe adopt a healthier way of eating. Many people have adopted diets such as the Paleo diet, the Mediterranean diet, and other low-carb diets. A black-owned business known as the Keto kitchen in Detroit is dedicated to helping people eat better and be more proactive with losing weight especially during times like this. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, high-fiber, low-carb diet. By reducing carbohydrate intake, it puts your body in a metabolic state called ketosis to promotes weight loss.
While there are many more tips out there on how to stay mentally and physically fit during this pandemic, these seem to be the most helpful with immediate results. It is most important that we stay healthy not only for ourselves but also our loved ones as well.