In February of 2020, projections of the potential toll that COVID-19 would take in the U.S. felt like a dismal improbability. It wasn’t until March that the weight of the pandemic was truly felt throughout America—yet one year later, it may still be challenging to come to terms with this global health crisis. Indeed, we have all found ways to get through the past year, but what’s next? At the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 becoming a national health emergency in the U.S., consider the following strategies to fortify your strength and wellness.
Nurture Your Mental Health
It’s been a common trend over the past year to normalize mental health red flags such as overeating, not getting enough sleep, losing interest in activities, and experiencing fatigue. Though these are normal symptoms in the face of the ongoing stress of the pandemic, they should still be addressed with help from a licensed therapist or physician. Even if you don’t feel like you’re in crisis with your mental health, it is worth including self-care practices to nurture your mind and ease stress. For example, daily meditation can help you recalibrate your thinking by recognizing and reducing negative, intrusive thoughts.
Find Space for Gratitude
Recognizing gratitude may feel counterintuitive during a time of such widespread loss. However, allowing that space to recognize what you are grateful for will help you focus on more positive thinking. Similarly, congratulate yourself on the resilience you’ve shown over the past year. It’s still important to celebrate victories and identify those things in life that you deeply appreciate, even if those are currently far and few between.
Recenter with Activities that Make You Feel Good
One of the biggest mental health obstacles of the pandemic is constant media coverage creating reminders of COVID at every turn. Give yourself room to relax and recenter with activities that you love and that feel good. Maybe that’s playing board games with your kids, curling up with a good book, re-watching your favorite TV series, or taking a long bath. Whatever self-care activities help you recharge should be activities you incorporate into your routine as much as possible.
If you are struggling, speaking with a therapist is one step you can take to feel better. MeMD can help you connect with a licensed mental health provider with convenient online appointments in as little as 24 hours.