It has been over a year since the pandemic took over and disrupted our daily lives. Since then, we have experienced a sharp decline in mental health worldwide, especially among young people.
The good news is that there are ways to help ourselves feel a little better. Here are some habits for boosting emotional well-being that can help individuals cope with their mental health in better ways.
- Maintaining a regular schedule:
Adapting your daily schedule from pre-covid times can create a sense of normalcy. When you outline your tasks, define the goals you want to achieve at the end of the day, and consciously set aside smaller and longer breaks to recuperate during your workday, you will feel less overwhelmed and more in control.
You willl notice that the daily routines of successful people have ample amounts of time set aside for work and play- and they stick to it. Outside of fixed hours for work and study, you can also set aside some time to spend with people you care about and who in turn give you positive energy. Evenings are the best time to follow your self-care routine, while mornings are great for a quick stretch or run.
- Consuming media mindfully:
Continuous exposure to news, social media, and other forms of media exposes you to a plethora of opinions placed between facts and very controlled snippets of the lives of others, all dressed with a generous helping of dopamine when consumed addictively.
Your media consumption habits are a critical influence on the perceptions you hold of social reality and mental health. It is therefore important to access reliable sources for your information and news. Credible news channels to stay connected include The Daily Star and Dhaka Tribune.
You can minimize the risk of social media addiction by striking a balance and re-establishing its purpose – to stay connected with the people you care about and engage with the communities you want to be a part of. Social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook, messaging apps like WhatsApp, workplace apps like Slack, and video call apps like Zoom and Skype can all be used mindfully to keep in touch with collaborators, colleagues, friends, and family.
- Getting some physical activity:
No one is recommending you to run 400 meters every day – unless your body can handle the strain. Instead, you can set aside 30 minutes of your day for a long walk, some aerobic exercise, yoga, and stretches according to your own needs. This does not mean you need to head to the gym right away! Instead, you can access workout routines from fitness experts in bitesize videos on YouTube to develop your home workout routine. As long as you can get your heart beating every day, it will help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Doing a task that you enjoy, for yourself:
Whether it is an art and craft project you’ve laid off for a while, a cake that you never got around to baking, a game you wanted to play with your friends, yoga, community service, journaling, or a children’s book you want to re-read, set aside some time to do what will bring you joy and contribute to your well-being.
Work, studies, and self-development for our careers are only one aspect of our multifaceted lives. To perform well and reap benefits from opportunities, it is important to first focus on how we are doing.
To learn more about ways to improve your emotional well-being in your everyday life, you can take our certified courses in Emotional Intelligence and Overcoming Procrastination: Tools and Tactics, available online for free.