• Andrea Hartoyo

WFH Week 5: Some Mental Health Tips That Have Worked For Me

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

If you're an extrovert like me, I understand this challenging time may be especially hard for you. Please remember that we're all in this together, and everyone is trying their best to adjust to the new normal. You're not alone.

During this difficult time, I consider myself very lucky and blessed; I can work in the comfort of my own home, surrounded by family and friends. I truly wish the best for all the essential workers who put their lives on the line every day, and I can only hope to do my part well by staying at home and help flatten the curve.

That being said, having been cooped up at home for almost 5 weeks hasn't been easy for me. I try my best to stay occupied by focusing on work, working out using YouTube videos (this one and many others have worked well for me), started doing yoga, and even got on the Animal Crossing: New Horizons bandwagon so I can connect with my friends even more! While these activities have helped, my mental health is still taking a toll and not improving as well as I'd like.

I find it hard to sleep, anxiety comes in more often, and I worry about what's going to happen to the world. I stopped keeping up with the news, just so I can take a break and focus on what's important: my well-being. So, without further ado, here are some tips I find helpful to keep my mental health in check.

1. Online therapy

I reached out to a therapist who can provide sessions online via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, and honestly? It's helped so much. I can share my worries, and they give me professional advice on how to process these properly, and this has helped me sleep better at night. If you're not sure where to start, seek local counselling services, or you can also start by reaching out to someone at Talkspace or BetterHelp.

2. Yoga and Meditation

I 100% used to be one of the girls who avoided yoga and meditation because I didn't consider them as 'working out'. I've always been more a Zumba + Bootcamp classes girl (sweat and jump around). However, while I've been doing the exercises I love, I still feel uneasy and need some kind of practice to calm my body and mind. This is where yoga and meditation comes in; I had no idea you can sweat so much from yoga! There are tons of really good yoga videos you can follow on YouTube, but this one is my personal favourite. Sarah Beth has a calming, soothing voice, and she has various types of yoga ready for you to try.

3. Communicate, communicate, communicate.

I cannot stress enough how important this last tip. I communicate constantly with the people I live it, catch up with them, see how they're doing. I also try to communicate with my friends and family outside of my home; we videocall on Whatsapp, do weekly Zoomba workouts, and even chitchat and connect via Animal Crossing! This will help you feel connected, and you'll always be in touch with them, even though virtually. This will also remind you that better days are coming, and I look forward to seeing all of them in person when this is all over.

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