by Revival Transitional Living
on June 15, 2021
Back in 2020, life threw a curveball that would change the way we live our daily lives over the course of the year: the COVID-19 pandemic. America entered quarantine in March, and we were forced to adjust to a new way of life; one where stepping outside the house posed a lethal health risk. This marked the end of many small businesses, with a vast amount of people losing their jobs as well. Overall mental health saw a steep decline, causing substance abuse rates to skyrocket. In addition, help and support were difficult to come by, as therapists and other mental health professionals saw booked schedules across the charts.
It is now June of 2021. COVID vaccines are available to the public and quarantine has entered its final days. Life is beginning to bloom again, but the effects of the Coronavirus still linger, with mental health being one of the areas hit the hardest. To this day, seeking support remains a massive hurdle, with many having to wait months in order to speak to a professional that can provide support. Now that businesses are opening back up and outdoor events are being planned once again, let’s take this opportunity to do whatever we can to support ourselves in the meantime. Mental health is the most important aspect to sober living, and there is no better time to start getting back on track than now.
- Exercise Daily
Many of you may have heard the term “corona weight,” referring to the pounds people put on from being locked in their homes this past year. Summer is here once again, and an activity as simple as going for a jog each morning is a great way to kick-start your body back into gear. Exercise contributes more to your body than slimming down and getting into shape. It is an integral part of maintaining mental health, self-image, and a positive outlook on life.
- A Balanced Diet
Eating habits were yet another side-effect of quarantine for a prolonged period of time. Visiting a grocery store became a health risk, and with the high demand for essentials such as paper towels and water bottles, supermarkets were suffering from low stock. At this point, people found it more efficient to order from apps such as UberEats or Grubhub using their contact-free option. This expensive luxury put a dent in eating habits for many. Like exercising, diet contributes to mental health just as much as it does to your body. Grocery stores have become safe once again, so why not stock up on food and start making some healthy, home-cooked meals? Not only will you be contributing to your overall mental well-being, but your wallet will be thanking you for it as well.
- Reaching Out
Once social distancing guidelines kicked in, Zoom meetings became our primary form of communication. That face-to-face connection would become nearly forgotten in 2020. Now with vaccination, we can finally visit our friends and loved ones in person once again. If you’ve been feeling down, talking it over with friends or family is always an important step in keeping your attitude positive. Sometimes we may hesitate to be upfront about our feelings, but chances are, our friends and family encountered some rough patches during quarantine as well. They may even want to speak up about their feelings, too. There is no shame in asking for help. In fact, letting someone know your feelings is the first step to solving an issue.
- Hobbies & Activities
The internet has always been a powerful tool, especially during quarantine. Unfortunately, it can also be used a powerful tool for wasting one’s time. We live in a unique era where we have access to all the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. Instead of losing yourself in the YouTube wormhole, why not look into a new hobby or craft to pass your time? We all have those sluggish days where we turn our brains off and zone out to social media. Studies have shown that bettering oneself at their passion increases self-confidence, adds a sense of reward, and leads to a productive day that would otherwise be spent consuming media. This can also lead to building relationships with others surrounding your passion, another integral part to maintaining positive mental health.
Last, but certainly not least, always remember to never give up hope. If there is any new knowledge we can take away from this past year, it is that life always begins again. Tell yourself you survived one of the most difficult eras of our time, and use that strength going forward to make the most of your life. Remember, when all seems lost, keep going and don’t give up!