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The Silver Lining of Quarantine and Key Tips For Mental Health 

smartphonesshop.com.au - The coronavirus outbreak took us by surprise, and the entire planet is basically in a state of panic. The virus has been spreading at a rapid pace, killing thousands every day while the hysteria created by the media is certainly affecting the mental health of many. If there's one thing though that we are going to have to come to terms with, is that this pandemic is not going away any time soon.

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In our current situation, we've become prisoners in our own homes with our mental health surely at risk of deteriorating. It hurts even more staring out at the beautiful weather and just hoping for the day when we're all able to go back outside and return to our usual way of life. Apart from washing your hands regularly, the most essential piece of advice health officials have given is simple: avoid contact with others and to self-isolate in order to prevent the virus from spreading further. While this may sound easy enough, remaining indoors for a significant amount of time may lead to lethargy and may potentially cause anxiety and depression to worsen for some people. The loneliness many will experience as part of this pandemic can truly reek havoc on their lives.

While we at times can desire solitude, it is very different when it isn't our choice. It can be way too easy to neglect our mental health in a difficult time like this, especially if you aren't occupied with work or leisure. It becomes tempting to overthink and ruminate over things that you would have normally forgotten, since you have too much time on your hands.

It's one thing to be a homebody and make the deliberate decision to sit at home, escape life and spend some time with yourself.  While there’s nothing wrong with that at all and perhaps doing that from time to time can be helpful, we figured it would be beneficial to suggest some activities you could do during this period to keep your minds busy while also encouraging you to enjoy yourself while you're indoors. It's certainly better than letting negative thoughts overtake your mind!

Breathe In and Meditate


The days of meditation being seen as 'new age mumbo jumbo' are long gone. Today, due in part to smartphone applications alongside celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Joe Rogan expressing their admiration, meditation has finally entered the mainstream. The benefits of meditation are wide-ranging. Meditation can minimise ageing and stress, increase your attention span plus immunity, enhance your metabolism alongside brain function, increase your enjoyment of life, help you create healthier relationships,  get a good night's rest while making you happier. On the physical side, meditation decreases high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, ulcers, insomnia, tension-related discomfort, muscle and joint issues which can enhance serotonin output, also leading to a better mood as well as a strengthened immune system while raising energy levels.

Above all, however, meditation fosters personal development, mental resilience and peace with the world. If you are not sure how to get started, try out the free trials that mobile apps like Calm, recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts (download for iOS and Android) or you can try Headspace, a meditation app that teaches you how to breathe, sleep, meditate, and live mindfully (download for iOS and Android). The guided breathing exercises included in these apps will promote mindfulness and improve focus. 

Hang Out While Away


As mentioned before, staying connected at this time has never been so crucial, especially if you live alone. While nothing can beat spending time with others in real life, many video chat apps have risen in popularity all over the world. One App that is getting lots of attention is called HouseParty (download for iOS and Android). This free app allows up to eight users to hop on together via desktop or smartphone on a video call. What's interesting about this application is its "space functionality" where people can enter other user rooms as well. Even better, you can play games on video calls as well! 

But if you want something simpler, there's also a lot of other chat apps that have video call features such as the humble Facetime or even Facebook Messenger. If you prefer voice chat only though, there are some cool voice applications as well. One that has grown in popluarity mainly with gamers is Discord (download for iOS and Android)  which will allow you to stream straight from your laptop  can interact with all your friends (gamers) as well as join rooms where you can discuss various topics. Discord will definitely come in handy for many of you during this time as we suspect there'll an increase in FIFA matches and of course, trash talk.

Exercise, Exercise! 


We know, you've heard it before, but it's true that workouts do make you feel better! Exercise has also been known to be a way to make you happier, fitter, and raise energy levels. At a time when most of us are stuck in our chairs (or beds) at home, it's important to find time for exercise, even if it involves simple cardio workouts. While you may be away from the gym or not have tools, there's still quite a lot of ways you can get your heart pumping. Exercising at home can be easy and there are choices for most ages and abilities, including yoga videos or aerobic workouts, with the right playlist enuring you remain motivated. There are even some who have taken to running a marathon on their balcony, which shows when there's a will, there's a way. With an archive of different exercise videos available on YouTube ranging from yoga to dance, you've got no excuse. You can even do some much needed cleaning around the house, which will definitely earn you brownie points from family and flatmates alike. If you need further inspiration, check out our article with some hand-picked apps for you: Stuck at Home? Don’t Let Your Fitness Goals Take A Backseat."

To conclude, in this tough time it's important be nice to yourself, and be aware of both your physical and mental health. At a time when we are all isolated and deprived of what we used to take for granted, keeping in touch with with others has become even more pivotal. It's going to be a tough ride, but with the right measures and enough resiliance, we'll all get through this!

Take care of yourself. Much love <3

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