8 Activities To Improve Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Pandemic

If you live with a mental health condition such as depression, schizophrenia, or generalized anxiety disorder, isolation can make your symptoms worse. In the height of the coronavirus pandemic, we are asked to telework and stay inside as much as possible. The news and social media can easily trigger an episode for many of us.

As a person living with bipolar disorder and someone who works from home 90 percent of the time, I now realize how much time I spent in isolation before this crisis. Attending my 5 am workout classes is sometimes the only (in-person) human interaction I get. The gyms are closed. And I find myself cycling rapidly between manic and depressive episodes, and it’s challenging as I get adjusted to my new medication. If you are often on-the-go or work a lot, use this time to slow down and take time for yourself. If you are having a difficult time like me, here is a list of wellness tools to help you during this time.

1. Workout

Did you know regular exercise can boost your immune system? Complete a 30 minute workout by finding a YouTube video as exercise has been proven to increase your “feel-good” chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. Your situation may not change as most entertainment and restaurant establishments are closed but your mood will improve and you'll have a stronger immune system.

2. Teletherapy

Did you know that you can connect with a therapist in less than 24 hours with BetterHelp? All you have to do is take an assessment and once you are matched with your therapist, you can send them a text or audio message, and schedule a video, chat or phone session.

3. Binge Watch Your Favorite Show

Catch up on that TV show and enjoy a good laugh (or cry); you deserve time to kick your feet up and relax.

4. Journal