Suggestions to help you maintain mental health during COVID-19

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By Jingfan Li

Isolating ourselves and social distancing helps slow down the spread of the virus. However, it can cause mental health problems. People are at great risk of anxiety and depression as a result of isolation caused by lockdown. Here are some suggestions to help you keep good mental health.

Tip 1: Maintain a regular and healthy life

On the one hand, we must maintain a regular life. While staying at home, you should ensure adequate sleep and rest. You should also ensure adequate nutrition. This is another important magic weapon to boost our immunity. At home, you should ensure you are eating high-quality meat, fruits and vegetables. In addition, don’t forget to stick to doing some exercise. Through appropriate exercise, you can not only improve your immunity, but also resolve anxiety.

Tip 2: Accept your negative emotions

First of all, we must recognise and try to accept negative emotions. Staying at home for a long time and restricting going out will increase our anxiety and restless experience. We can try to communicate with our family members through video-communication and telephone and pour out our true feelings. You can also keep diaries to record your daily feelings and emotional changes. Of course, if you are still struggling, you can get professional advice to help resolve your negative emotions. Visit the University’s Student Support and Wellbeing pages for information, or try Mental Health Foundation.

Tip 3: Make a daily schedule

You can try to make a time schedule, and list your plans in your timetable. For example, you need to do housework and clean your wardrobe today. At other times, you can enrich your life by learning something you are interested in. A good schedule will make your life more regular. During this period of isolation, you can try to learn more skills and make a complete schedule to fill your free time.

Tip 4: Actively learn the knowledge of disease prevention and control

During this public health emergency, we should learn to understand the truth of what is happening, scientifically understand the disease, actively learn the knowledge and skills of disease prevention and control to help actively adjust our mentality. Only in this way can we rationally treat the disease and alleviate negative emotions. We should learn more about diseases from professional channels. When you have mastered some tips for self-prevention and self-care, you will find that the initial anxiety and fear will be significantly reduced, and the confidence in the face of the epidemic will also be significantly enhanced.

Tip 5: Concern about the psychological protection of the most vulnerable members in the family

Finally, we should pay more attention to the mental health of our most vulnerable family members, such as the elderly, children, and patients with chronic diseases at home. We could communicate with them more, communicate the latest changes of the epidemic, listen to their inner thoughts, understand their emotions and teach them some ways to deal with negative emotions. With these actions, we can help them relieve their own inner pressure and spend this time more smoothly.