Health and wellness enthusiast Anamika Madan recently discussed how to stay mentally healthy during a spring lockdown.
The warm spring months are expected to cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. This likely means more lockdowns in various cities across the country. Health and wellness enthusiast Anamika Madan of Greenwich recently explained that while a spring lockdown may feel discouraging, there are several things you can do to preserve your mental health while cooped up at home.
“Guidelines recently set in place, or likely to be set in place, in the coming months will unintentionally isolate some people, making certain individuals more vulnerable to loneliness and depression,” Anamika Madan said.
Anamika Madan explained that recent surges in coronavirus cases across the country have come with changes in weather patterns. However, Anamika Madan of Greenwich explained that there are several steps everyone can take to improve mental health during such difficult times.
“I always suggest creating some kind of visible schedule,” Anamika Madan said. “Create a schedule of tasks for work as well as enjoyable activities that will help relieve anxiety. Your schedule may include time for exercise, learning something new, mindfulness, and socializing (through online means).”
A full schedule, even if may not look like your pre-pandemic schedule, can provide feelings of accomplishment. Similarly, Anamika Madan of Greenwich suggested knocking out projects around the house. Now is a great time to paint a room in your home, clean your closets, or even make your own gifts. Finishing one project will lead you on to another, and you’ll feel far more successful than if you laid around watching Netflix.
“Spring social distancing guidelines aren’t designed to keep you from helping those in need,” Anamika Madan said. “Go grocery shopping for elderly neighbors who can’t get out or cook a delicious hot meal to deliver to a friend.”
Anamika Madan of Greenwich explained that performing these good deeds help boost both mental and physical health. Even more, these small acts of kindness can have a major impact on the people you’re helping.
Anamika Madan finished by stating that we should try to get outside and exercise as much as possible. You can take an outdoor walk while following COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Virtual exercise classes are also excellent ways to engage in physical activity.
“Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin, which promote happiness,” Anamika Madan of Greenwich said. “It’s important not to become too attached to your couch during a spring lockdown, as it can be detrimental to your physical and mental well-being.”