With the second wave of coronavirus hitting India, it almost feels like history is repeating itself and that we are back in 2020. As we look back at the year, it truly was an eye-opener as it made us more aware of our mental health and how crucial it is to keep our headspace a sane one. 

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Keeping in mind the second wave, here are some tips to keep our anxiety at bay and maintaining our mental health during dire times

1.Workout 

Research shows that regular exercise reduces the risk of depression and anxiety. Working out gives you an adrenaline rush and an opportunity to direct your energy in a more positive manner. This improves the brain’s health and keeps your cholesterol in check. The pandemic also gives us an opportunity to get creative and find ways to create a personalised at-home gym for ourselves. 

2.Stick to a routine 

It is hard to stay motivated to be productive and understandably so, as we are at home all day long. One way to battle this is to work up a routine. Fix your sleep schedule, pick up a new hobby and start reading a book from a different genre. These changes are bound to have a positive impact on your routine. 

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3. Socialise 

The pandemic brought us together as a society. All of us are stuck at home going through the same anxieties and trying to work up the courage to cope with them. The best part about this digital age is that it satisfies our needs as social beings by allowing us to connect to people with ease. We suggest that instead of bottling up your emotions, share them with your friends and family. 

4. Distance yourself from social media 

The kind of content we consume largely dictates what goes on in your head. It is suggested that if the content is getting too much then you should consider taking a short social media detox. Breaking the pattern of your social media consumption will go a long way to help set your mental health back on track. 

5. Scribble down your thoughts 

In other words, start journaling. It’s not just about mindless writing but being more creative. It can help rid you of thoughts that are making you agitated. A study conducted by The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships concluded that writing “focused on positive outcomes in negative situations” decreases emotional distress.