Wellness Wednesday – 4/29/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Suddenly, we have made it to the end of April. A full month of quarantine down, many of us are itching for an end date, or a timeline of how long this pandemic will last. Last week we discussed routines and staying mobile while social distancing, and this week we want to emphasize our equally important mental health. Caring for our mental health is not only important, but necessary during these times of high stress, anxiety, fear and uncertainty.
Mental Health and Quarantine
Health.com offers five ways to lift your mood during the coronavirus pandemic. What sets these methods apart is how simple and easy they are. These accessible methods, which include reminding yourself to be grateful, tapping into your creativity and treating yourself, boost the feelings of confidence and control we all need during this time.
A necessary component of mental health is a good night’s sleep. Claire Gillespie from Health.com describes causes of quarantine-induced insomnia and offers advice at how to improve your sleep, which you can read here.
As always, I recommend meditation to anyone suffering from mental stress, whether it be chronic or simply induced by current events. When I first began meditating, I found it extremely difficult to sit still and clear my mind. What is the trick to overcoming this? Walking meditation. Healthline describes the benefits of meditation walks, which includes reduced anxiety and depression as well as improved blood circulation. There are a variety of free meditations on YouTube, or you can use one of the numerous meditation apps offered for smartphones. Personally, I prefer Calm’s 15-minute walking meditation while I hike the trails of Winnikinni Castle in Haverhill.
Alan Wolfelt at Yahoo offers one of the most interesting pieces of advice: look at this situation not as one that confines us, but one that frees us. A simple shift in perspective can boost our positivity and give us a sense of much-needed optimism during this time (this is a highly recommended read).
Finally, boosting our own mental health is just as important as supporting that of others. Nicole Pajer at Huffpost offers ten ways you can support others who are struggling during this time. Social distancing may keep us physically apart, but technology allows us to remain in contact and check in on those who rely on connections with others.
For most of us, a global pandemic is something we have never experienced before. We are all adapting to intense changes in our daily routines, but some more than others. Healthline offers advice for both those who are living with a partner for the first time, and for new parents who are caring for an infant for the first time during quarantine. Everyone is experiencing a new normal; even from a distance, we are all in this together.
As businesses remain closed and financial burdens grow heavier, Today has compiled a list of helpful discounts to alleviate the stress of cabin fever. There is something for everyone: from auto, entertainment and educational to health, insurance and restaurants, this list will help you save money while entertaining the family and keeping up with daily maintenance.
Last week, I left you with some feel-good stories, because your overall health is about feeling good. I’m going to continue that with two great stories from the web. Let them make you smile, comfort you or even inspire you to spread some goodness throughout your day.
First, a 55-year-old woman in Iowa has created a face mask giving tree. She has sewn over 100 masks and leaves them on a tree in her neighborhood, free for her neighbors to take as needed.
Although Earth Day was last week, this inspiring story from Associated Press News sheds light on how Earth is healing as we practice social distancing. Air pollution levels across the globe are decreasing; even India is finally getting views that have been blocked by smog for decades. As this story will make you feel good, let it make you aware of our own carbon footprint and consider how we can help keep our planet clean in the future.