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It may feel like the COVID-19 pandemic is easing out with less strict mandates and high vaccine circulation, but people are still getting sick across the world. With an additional Omicron variant still on the rise, and as we are entering into the fall when more and more holidays are coming up, we may see a spike in cases. It is more important now than ever to remember our self-care techniques and tend to our mental health.
There’s lots of talk about how the pandemic has affected our collective mental health: we are still dealing with the financial toll it’s taken, the social isolation, the anxiety, among other factors, according to the Mayo Clinic. Earlier this year, the New York Times posited a term called “languishing,” which encompasses the “blah,” aimless feeling that we are all familiar with, only intensified by COVID-19.
It’s of benefit to know how stress affects you personally. According to NAMI, stress – similar to the type that you may feel if you are on a COVID-19 recovery journey – impacts you mentally and physically.
By now, we know the drill. Quarantine, test again, quarantine, stay in touch with doctors, etc. But, what is less known, is how to tend to your mental health during this time. But symptomatic or not, people still have fears of being unable to leave the house and are uncomfortable in social situations. The following self-care tips can even stretch to people who are still just experiencing that unspoken anxiety of re-navigating a “normal” – a mental symptom of the pandemic.
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