Following some recommendations can significantly reduce the stress caused by a pandemic. It is worth using them in everyday life to keep anxiety at a level that allows you to function more easily. Here are the most important of them:
Only follow credible sources of information– too much negative news can make you feel downcast, and it’s easy to believe in conspiracy theories. Limit the time you spend researching pandemic information. Also use trusted sources: WHO or research agencies and medical societies.
Be physically active – Exercise is not a magic cure for depression, but there is scientific evidence that it has beneficial effects on a variety of mental problems. A dozen or so minutes of activity a day at home or outdoors is enough to improve your mood and effectively reduce stress.
Take care of a healthy and balanced diet – a balanced diet, in accordance with the assumptions of the so-called Harvard plate, improves general health, including mental health. Don’t be fooled by nutritional supplements that promise instant mood boost, most of them are not scientifically proven to work. Exception: remember to supplement with vitamin D3 between September and April, the recommended dose is 800 to 2000 units per day.
Get enough sleep – a good night’s sleep is essential, take care not only of the right amount of it, but also regular hours when you go to bed and get up. It will also help if you treat the bed primarily as a place to rest, and perform other activities, such as work or eating, in designated areas.
Stay in touch with your loved ones – during a pandemic, it’s best to use the phone or instant messaging. Take care of interpersonal relationships, do not be afraid to share your fears. Also, remember to offer help and encourage you to visit a specialist when you are concerned about the condition of the other person. It’s hard to fight mental illness on your own.