Taking care of your mental health during a pandemic
As you know, this pandemic has us constantly looking out for our physical health - you know, with the gloves, masks and sanitisers. And while this is important, you should also look out for our mental health as we prepare to reopen parts of the country. But you shouldn’t have to do this alone. And with us, you don’t have to.
As we all begin to emerge from the comfort of our homes to begin exploring this ‘new normal’ world, we can’t help but stress how important taking care of your mental health is too. Yes, we may be preparing physically for the reopening of the country (cue images of people stockpiling sanitisers and masks) but what about your mental health?
The truth is that this lockdown period has forced many of us to reassess how we REALLY are in terms of our mental wellbeing. And for the most part, it’s safe to say that many people find themselves feeling rather nervous and anxious about returning back to ‘normal life’.
So, if that sounds like you, don’t worry. You aren’t the only one feeling like that. In fact, it’s kind of normal and expected. We are all learning to adjust, so give yourself room to fully explore your emotions around this pandemic.
When the outside world looks a little different
If you think back to a few months ago, life outside definitely looked a little different. Lockdown life was known for quieting our roads, emptying out our hallways and leaving our parking lots barren. But that’s over now. Since the lifting of the stricter lockdown restrictions, life outside is slowly returning to its old hustle and bustle. Restaurants are reopening their doors, people are making their way back to their office cubicles and in no time, we will be back in the comforting hands of our hairdressers and barbers.
While some of us may be excited about returning to some form of normality (and a much-needed escape from their families) opening up the country definitely comes with a great deal of anxiety.
Thankfully, you have us and we’re here to support you through this new transition because reopening the country should not negatively impact your mental health. And we will do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Every single day we are overwhelmed with COVID-19 news. It’s everywhere! From the moment we turn on our TVs, switch on our car radios or mindlessly scroll through social media. This constant consumption of stressful news and updates makes it clear to realise how our fear of the virus will take a toll on our mental wellbeing as we slowly start to return to our somewhat normal routines.
This pandemic has left many people feeling anxious, paranoid and obsessive. But you shouldn’t be losing sleep over this health crisis. Instead, we’re going to find ways to help you protect your mental health during this time.
Top tips to protecting your mental health
Move at your own pace
It is so easy to fall into the trap of believing that you need to live your life at hyper speed. The idea that you need to quickly adapt to this ‘new normal’ is a harmful way of viewing reality. It just adds unnecessary pressure! Instead, give yourself the freedom to set your own pace. Remember to slow down and take your time. How you transition back into ‘normal’ life is up to you – you dictate the rules!
Create a healthy new morning routine
Research shows that our bodies already begin processing anxiety before we even open our eyes in the morning. So, in order to feel a little more relaxed when you get up, we suggest creating a new healthy morning routine. This will help you release any early morning stress that could disrupt the rest of your day.
Not sure where to begin when creating a new morning routine? Don’t panic. We’re here to help! Simply tap here to read our blog on setting a healthy morning routine.
We know that this may sound a little odd, but studies prove that getting active during the day helps ease anxiety. So, set out at least 20 minutes of your day, where possible, to get your body moving. Now we won’t bore you with a drawn-out biology lesson, but just know that participating in some form of physical activity will release endorphins in your body! This will help improve your overall mood and energy levels.
Talk it out
Sometimes all you need to do is hear your own thoughts out loud. You’ll also be surprised by how many people feel the exact same way that you do. Chat to a close friend or your family members about how you’re feeling. Talk through your anxieties and your fears. This will help you better cope by helping you understand that we really are all in this together.
Sort out your health insurance
Part of the anxiety around the pandemic circles around our health. The fear of contracting the virus, what the symptoms are, the worry of being able to afford medical attention… the list goes on and on. And while these worries are valid, we’d like to ease some of those stresses.
If there is one thing that we take seriously at Oneplan, it’s your wellbeing. And it’s because you aren’t just a client to us. You are a treasured member of our Oneplan family, and we will do everything in our power to keep you healthy and safe. And that starts by ensuring that you have access to the best private medical practitioners around.
In fact, we are so committed to protecting your physical and mental health (especially during these times) that we have created health insurance plans that cater to your every need. From specialist visits to day-to-day cover, our incredible Onecard and Sliding Scale (that allows you to decide how much you pay) – we ensure that even when you feel like things are out of your control, you still have full control over your health insurance.
Let’s navigate the new outside world together. Just click here and let our team help you find some normality in all of this chaos because you deserve to feel safe, heard and catered to. And that’s exactly how we do business.
Yours in comprehensive health insurance,
The Oneplan Team