Simple techniques to protect your mental health (without leaving your home)
Content by Big Health, creator of Sleepio
Maintain a regular routine
During “shelter in place”, it may be tempting to stay in bed all day and abandon usual activities – staying active and keeping a regular sleep-wake schedule will be helpful for protecting our mental health.
Exercise is one of the most beneficial, evidence-based ways to manage mood, anxiety, and sleep. There are a host of on-demand workout videos or classes you can use, or simply do some pushups, squats, jumping jacks in your home to get your heart rate up.
Limit time reading stress-inducing news
While it is important to stay informed, try limiting the amount of time you spend engaging with the news each day – the more news we read the more anxious we may feel without actually learning new information.
Try behavioral activation.
Schedule activities throughout the day, particularly those that provide a sense of pleasure or mastery – even small things such as doing the dishes to feel productive can boost your mood throughout the day.
Learn how you can get your sleep-wake schedule right to promote good sleep by starting Sleepio.
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