The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unsure existence for many of us that goes well beyond the fear of the virus itself. We worry about the effects of the virus on our bodies. That’s number one.
But what about the fallout? Job loss, food insecurity, loneliness, and the toll all of these things are taking on our mental health are very real issues. The role of mental health during COVID-19 is still being evaluated.
So what are some tangible things we can do to support our mental health during COVID-19? What are some actions we can take today to move in a positive direction?
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Social distancing doesn’t have to mean staying indoors. Find an outdoor spot in or near your home and breathe in the fresh air. This could be as simple as placing a chair right outside your front or back door. It’ll do wonders for your mental wellbeing. You might even see that it helps you have a positive attitude. This will give you a chance to connect with nature. We all know one of the things we’ve lost during this time is connection.
The actual reasoning has not been determined yet, but it is believed that Vitamin D is a major force in keeping you healthy. A healthy Vitamin D level reportedly cuts down on the effect on the coronavirus should you get it. So, if you’re unsure and it’s safe to do so, get your Vitamin D level checked by your healthcare provider and make sure your body has the proper amount. If not, you may need to take an over-the-counter supplement. And ask your provider how much sun to get Vitamin D levels you need so you can get there.
Catch Some Rays!
Studies show the more sunlight you get, the better prepared your body is to fight a virus. Plus, the sun is a great source of Vitamin D and it helps lift your mood. The benefits of sunshine – even just a little – cannot be overstated. Many people aren’t aware that simply spending time in the sun is how to get Vitamin D the easiest way.
These are just a few ideas to get started on the path to better mental health in these unprecedented times. But don’t forget, if you’re a OneShare Health Member, MAP Behavioral Health services are here for you, too.
Visit the member-curated YOU portal – an important part of the MAP. There, you’ve got access to so many online tools to help you stay on track with your mental and physical wellness, including up to four (4) face-to-face, video, or telephonic counseling sessions! We’re all in this together, so let’s get out there and soak up some rays and fresh air. It’s good for you… mind, body, and soul.
Did we forget any of your favorite tips to get Vitamin D and fresh air? Let us know your best advice in a comment!
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Christian health ministries like OneShare Health exist to lift up its members and provide an affordable alternative to traditional health care. But OneShare Health is not like other Christian ministries. Health cost sharing is a vital part of how we show God’s love for one another. And our Member-exclusive features like MAP Behavioral Health resources provide access to tools to support mental wellbeing.
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“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
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