The news and newspapers have pointed this out repeatedly during these weeks. The numbers and the authors of the reports vary, but not the main conclusion: confinement is affecting our mental health.
It is not a surprise, on the other hand, but something quite logical in this situation. Our entire reality has been shaken very hard from top to bottom, suddenly and without warning. The lifestyle we used to know has changed abruptly. Some carry it better than others, like any circumstance, but, without a doubt, this change influences the mood of all.
From the World Economic Forum, they are concerned with this global problem. They were already concerned about mental health before the quarantine, but now it is more evident. Therefore, to help alleviate this discomfort, they publish practical advice on their website, from the hand of 7Chairs, a specialized organization.
Take advantage of technology to connect with others in real-time
We know very well that new technologies are not good or bad, but it depends on how we use them. The addiction to social networks and the Internet sometimes makes us lose real contact with people, which is negative, but good use of them brings us many benefits and facilities.
Now, for example, technology allows us to connect with loved ones who are physically far away. There are numerous tools for making video calls, very easy to use. Spending real-time with others, even though a screen, is positive.
Open up and share how you feel
This point is more complex. There are people who find it harder to share their feelings and others who, on the contrary, do it with ease and pleasure. For those who have a hard time, this advice is directed: share a feeling a day with someone close. You may think that it is silly, but from the organization, they assure that it works and helps to improve the mood. Externalizing our experience reduces stress and anxiety.
Empathize and ask others how they feel
In the same way that expressing ourselves frees us and connects us with other people, listening to them brings us closer to them and allows them to vent; a reciprocal and natural benefit. By asking others, we get out of ourselves, developing humility, empathy, and compassion. This reduces stress and anxiety.
Contact other people who live your same experiences
If you consider that you need other stimuli to alleviate your mood, there are groups of people who share their experiences as a forum. Among the advice that 7Chairs gives us to reinforce our mental health this quarantine, this one goes beyond daily contact, with friends and family.
You may want to try this alternative. From the institution, they ensure that connecting with like-minded people helps a lot to manage stress. It may well be your usual contacts or these small communities created to share ideas, experiences, and projects.
Take care: eat and stay fit
We add one last tip to the list, very important too. It is also logical, but sometimes we forget. Eating healthy has benefits in our mental and psychological state. Take care of your diet, make it balanced and accompany it with physical exercise. This also affects our stress and helps reduce it, increasing our sense of well-being.