2020 was hard on everyone. Your life changed in the blink of an eye and that will take a toll on anyone’s mental health. Many people lost loved ones and were not even allowed access to the bodies. Everyone was told to stay at home away from anyone that doesn’t live with you.
For the large group of people that chose to live alone quarantine meant they were alone 24/7. While spending time alone can be very healthy and help you to reset, too much time alone can be very dangerous. Many people have suffered from quarantine-related depression.
Healthy Ways to Alleviate Mood
Now that the worldwide pandemic of 2020 is in the rearview, it is time to start focusing on rebuilding your mental health. A great way to do this is by taking time each day to do something that brings you joy.
Taking time daily to reflect on your life and what you are thankful for can help you to put you in a great headspace. Meditation can sound intimidating but it is honestly really simple it is just taking time to clear your mind.
You can find several videos online to learn easy meditation practices. A great way to start is by just taking time to focus on your breath. Notice the rhythm in and out and don’t allow your mind to wonder.
Self-care is a great way to elevate your mood. Treat yourself by buying some bath bombs and bath salts. These can be used during your bath to give yourself a spa experience. Look for products with Lavender essential oils to have a calming effect.
You could also treat yourself to beauty products like face masks. You can even invest in products to give yourself manicures and pedicures at home. Just do something that makes you feel amazing and beautiful
Spend Time in the Sun
Vitamin D is very important to regulate your mood. The only way to produce vitamin D naturally is by being exposed to sunlight. This means you need to go outside as often as possible.
Take a daily walk, go out and play with your dog, or set on the back porch and read a book. Any of these activities will help your body to produce more vitamin D. There is a reason a sunny day just makes you smile.
Getting Professional Help
There will be situations where doing something simple may not help your depression. Sometimes you need to talk to a professional. This can feel intimidating and even impossible at times, but it is not.
There is help available for your depression and it can be as easy to find as your phone. There is help available online. Several companies offer virtual counseling and can prescribe medication to help and get you back on the right track.
The virtual counseling can be done by video or you can just chat if you chose. They can assign you to a counselor that is perfect for you. This allows you an option to talk to someone from the safety of your own home.
Time to Kick the Quarantine Blues to the Curve
Now that you know some ways to help kick the Quarantine blues away, you should start feeling a little better. If you find that you need a little more help with your depression, remember that help is available.
Look into companies that offer to counsel virtually it is normally a lot cheaper than traditional therapy and they can help to get you on the right medication. You are important and deserve to live a full and healthy life. If you need help, contact someone today! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.