Covid 19 is possibly the most commonly used word across the globe ever. It’s overarching implications and highly contagious nature has made it more ubiquitous than the internet. Considering ancient tribes across the isles of the archipelago in Andaman Sea have recently detected the virus there, this global pandemic is so far reaching that the mental adjustment to such epic lifestyle changes is certainly going to take its toll.
Steven Fisackerly, a psychologist and author, has offered some practical measures to managing better mental well-being. He offers a formalist approach when considering the health of a human being through identifying the importance of health, society, finance and creative pursuits. His translations of these form practical measures we can take as we manage our mental coping capacity in this crisis.
Our bodies require constant management in how they regulate. Luckily, through evolutionary process, the human body has a self-maintaining response to infection and usually through rest and balanced diets can overcome daily onslaught of bacteria that could threaten life.
Unfortunately, this sophisticated ‘influenza strain has made the human race vulnerable to the effects of its virus. To this end. Fisackerly implores the individuals take on gentle but regular cardio vascular exercise within the parameter of a social distancing. He suggests even a 20 min session on a skipping rope can provide sufficient movement that could last for 2 days.
Building and maintaining social links is a vital aspect to our mental well-being. This usually takes the form of the family but doesn’t necessarily mean it has to stay there.
Not having good family ties doesn’t equate to poor mental health. All families have their problems and some prefer the support of long standing friendships.
Create regular schedules where you catch up with old friends across phone and conference calling as well as making precautionary measured meet ups if allowed in one’s locale.
Maintaining healthy funds to protect you from precarious nature of the employment market and the uncertainty our markets are facing is a very tricky balancing act. The inherent inequalities of wealth distribution means that this area is possibly the hardest one to control.
That said, manage regularly employment responsibilities and new opportunities by regularly keeping in touch with clients and businesses or institutions. Sharpening existing skills and refining your CV are also measures that are within your grasp.
Budget food costs and keep a measured focus on the next few months. Keeping abreast of special circumstantial governmental support would be wise also.
Whether you’re a talented artist or complete novice, pursuing a creative practice can prove to be the most positive distraction from daily stresses. Following skill based guidelines and developing them can facilitate critical thinking.
Sharing your work across online groups and among fri4ends also feeds into a community of practice that is long forgotten aspect for meaningful happy lives.
The pandemic has created a huge challenge for everyone. Taking small regular steps can quell the panic of the months ahead. See this time as a chance to revaluate your lives and how you might like to improve them in manageable measures.