You probably have heard about depression, panic syndrome, and anxiety, right? 🤯
Unfortunately, these are mental disorders that we have to deal with nowadays in our society. Being an international student in a completely different culture is already challenging by itself and we all know that it is not always easy.
With the pandemic on a global scale, the symptoms of these diseases such as deep sadness, excessive worry, and anxiety crisis might appear more frequently. These unprecedented times that we are living are causing side effects to every one of us in different proportions but we have to keep our mental health and sanity in times like these.
That’s why we decided to give some tips for you to deal with this moment more easily and smoothly.
Inhale. Exhale. 🧘
Meditation is one of the keys to achieving a better routine in your life. With a simple task of breath in and breath out for at least 15 minutes per day, you will become more relaxed and truly present at the moment. Meditation doesn’t have a rule and there are many meditations on YouTube where you can start practicing in your home. Also, there’s the free app Insight Timer that contains guided meditations that helps you to relax, relieve stress, sleep better, and many other benefits.
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Another tip is to practice your hobbies that many times are forgotten because of the daily rush. Reading, writing, painting, drawing, and learning how to cook are some leisure activities that might be very enjoyable during this hard time. The secret is to find something that brings you joy and matches your preferences. If you like reading about spirituality, the book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckart Tolle is a must-read, especially in the current situation that we are living. Also, there are many TED Talks, which is a channel with talks and performances about ideas from the TED Conference, available on YouTube that is worth watching. There are various subjects such as business, motivation, global issues, arts, technology, entertainment, design, among others. At the same time, if your hobby is binge-watching Netflix, go for it. 📺
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3- PHYSICAL EXERCISE
A sound mind in a healthy body.
The practice of regular physical exercises is highly recommended no matter the reason. It is proven that physical exercises release endorphins (the hormone of well-being, humor, confidence, and concentration). Whether yoga, running, or dancing, the most important is to move your body for 30 minutes every day, at least. You can search for physical exercises to practice at home on YouTube as well, find the one that you like the most, and try to maintain a routine every day. 🏃
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4- KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
Social isolation can be difficult since contact with others is essential to human relationships. That’s why another tip is spending time talking to your loved ones, family, and friends. Expressing your emotions and feelings is part of emotional and mental health too, so try to keep close chatting with them on video calls and messages. That way, it is easier to support each other during this period. At the same time, if you need professional advice, consider investing in online therapy with a psychologist. 📱
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5- REST WELL
And probably the most important tip: rest well. You don’t have to be 100% productive and active all the time, especially during this tough period. If you’re spending too much time on social media, you are likely comparing your life with other people’s lives at the moment. This can drain your energy and make you judge yourself. Respect your own time and listen to your body. 💆♀️
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Questions that you can ask yourself in times like these:
What can I learn with this situation?
How do I want to be when all of this is over?
And keep in mind: this shall pass too.