By Winfield Salyards, Marketing Coordinator at Heinz Marketing

We live in strange times.  With many of us under quarantine and working from home it is important we make sure to take care of not only our physical health but, our mental health as well.  Taking care of our mental wellbeing will help us get through the isolation of social distancing and quarantine as well as help our productivity when we work from home.  Here are five tips and strategies for mental wellness upkeep that you can try today:

  1. Create a routine for yourself

It’s normal to not stay on your old routine but, it is still important to stick to a routine at home.  Put together a realistic schedule to stick to during the day and make sure to keep to it.  This will help alleviate the sameness of quarantine.

  1. Take time for yourself

While working from home in quarantine it can be incredibly easy to just fall into a pattern of working straight through lunch and dinner. Make sure that you set aside time for yourself.  For example, you’ve gotten back your commute time, use it to learn a new skill or read a book you’ve been putting off.

  1. Avoid burnout

This comes back to the previous one, set strict limits on your work time to avoid becoming overwhelmed and giving yourself the time to unwind. This is especially important the longer the quarantine goes on.

  1. Stay connected

Everyone is going to feel a little isolated here and there, stave that off by reaching out to your friends and family over the phone or by video call.  It’ll not only help you but also them and it’s important to stick together through this.

  1. Focus on the positives and limit your media intake

There is only so much we can take during the day. Limit the amount of news you consume by cutting it down to certain times of day, and always make sure you balance that out with something positive.  Making sure to focus most of your energy on the positives around you.

Let’s do our best to take care of ourselves, our families, our friends and our larger communities during this time.  Don’t take your mental health for granted, always make sure to check in with yourself and even more so during a time of increased stress.  For more information, you can check out these other resources on the subject: CNBC Article, Tips for Parents.  Lastly, always remember that this too shall pass.