The COVID-19 lockdown has changed, corrupted, or even stopped every habit we had. Adaptation is the key to our mental health survival. But not all of us as equally equipped to adapt to such a sudden and big change. For those suffering from mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, od bipolar disorder, the disruption of their usual life might prove to be even more challenging than it is for the rest of us. Specialists encourage people suffering from this kind of affection to focus on reorganizing their daily activity and recreate a new routine.
These disorders were proven to be consistent with a high sensitivity to the internal clock. This is why people suffering from disorders, such as mental bipolarity, have a higher need for routine and to avoid disturbances of the rhythm they got used to living in.
How to cope with mood disorders during the COVID-19 lockdown
Continue to create a routine.
Use every piece of life that leaves you the opportunity to create order and do it. Begin by making a schedule and struggle to stick it.
Sleeping and waking up
Wake up and go to sleep at the same hour. You might be a night owl, and your bedtime might be 1 PM. That’s ok. Go to sleep at 1 PM, but don’t let it be 2 PM. Do the same with your waking hour. It would help a lot to educate your napping habit.
Don’t nap after 4 AM and don’t do it for more than half an hour. It will make it difficult to fall asleep at night. Avoid spending too much time on your computer and smartphone at night. Their blue light suppresses your hormonal activity and you might have problems sleeping.
Do it daily and at the same hour. This assures you to maintain the balance of your hormonal activity. During physical activity your body secrets endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and cortisone. They all help with your moods and levels of stress.
Spent time in daylight. Whether you go for a walk around the house, you do activities on your terrace or just at the window. Make sure you spend time in the morning in the sunlight, at the same time every day. This will help maintain the levels of vitamin D too.
Spend daily time with your friends to tackle mood disorders during the COVID-19 lockdown. Video calls are the most effective at suppressing the sensation of isolation. Again, maintain a schedule. It would help to make it twice a day, at noon and in the evening. Interaction with people you like is of most importance for your emotional state.
Eat healthy foods
Make healthy eating habits. Maintain the same hours every day and try not to skip meals, even if your appetite doesn’t let you eat 2 meal courses. Don’t let eating behavior become chaotic. Diet is essential in coping with mood disorders, and it also can help you during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Candace Bailey is a reporter at The Trending Times, focusing on listicles, the games, technology, and everything in between. She is based in NYC, and previously was a reporter at the Daily’s city hall bureau.