Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Routine in the midst of a pandemic Covid-19 feels heavier. The body seems to be forced to do activities in new ways such as working from home and limiting meeting with other people.
These situations and conditions have an impact on physical and mental health mental. Therefore, it is important to be able to care for and keep yourself healthy and happy during the pandemic.
Here are five tips for taking care of yourself and mentally in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
1. Set boundaries between work and home
Working from home does not mean mixing office and home activities. Even if you work from home, don’t let your personal time and work time merge into one. Often, because of working from home, one can work late into the night.
It is important to set clear boundaries between work and personal life. If possible, you can create a special room for work to be more focused and productive.
2. Make a schedule
Create a schedule for various activities. Starting from the work schedule, the schedule of activities at home, to the schedule for playing with children. It’s also important to take time to eat, rest, and me time.
“Studies have shown that taking breaks in the middle of a work routine for self-reflection and self-compassion can reduce stress and depression,” says mental health expert Tania Diggory, quoted from Medical News Today.
3. Limit the consumption of news and social media
Consumption of news and social media can be toxic to you. Studies show consumption of bad news affects mental health, relationships, and physical well-being. Bad news can trigger anxiety and depression.
Instead, limit the consumption of news and also the use of social media. You can replace that activity with reading a book, exercising, or meditating. This activity can help you stay positive.
4. Get enough sleep
Adequate sleep is very important to maintain physical and mental health. Adults are advised to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, mood swings, and decreased focus.
Some ways that can be done to get enough sleep include avoiding looking at the phone before going to bed, turning off the lights, and meditating before bed.
5. Do activities you like
Do fun activities such as doing hobbies. You could try painting, coloring, knitting, or gardening. You can also keep a journal to express your emotions.
Those are five tips for taking care of yourself and mentally in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic