Mind, body and soul in balance

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Mental health during the quarantine

I am privileged enough to still be working from home. My family and friends are safe at home and healthy. There's a lot to be grateful for right now.

Still, I can hold space and admit that it's a difficult time. I have days where all I want to do is stay in bed, and I actually do. It feels like my entire life is on hold, and that feels uncomfortable. I am more anxious than ever, too. All about COVID-19 is unpredictable, and I know the entire collective is feeling its effects. Almost 50% of US adults reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted by the virus. Coming from an upbringing where my mother was diagnosed with Bi-Polar when I was 5 years old and over the years made a turn for the worse, as she now has Schizophrenia. Mental health has always been a top priority for myself as I watched my Mom suffer with wrongful medications and some of the wrong care. As I now have more time to think while being in quarantine, I now want to raise complete awareness and reassure you all that what you're feeling, is likely what 8 out of 10 close family or friends are feeling. Everything we are experiencing right now (isolation, job loss, grief, and feelings of anxiety) – is linked to poor mental health outcomes. So, here we are. At the bare minimum, we have to accept that so much of COVID-19 is out of our control. We can choose to focus on what we can control. I'm sharing six things I'm doing to take care of myself and my mental health.

  1. Keeping A Routine – This can be any routine you already had. It can be when you wake up every day to what you do on Sundays to when you workout. Although my sleep is all over the place, I have kept my skin and hair r