Can Your Mental Health Survive This Newest CMCO?
With the newest Conditional MCO (CMCO) in Malaysia announced, it is understandable that mental health has taken a dip for everyone. People have been stripped of a functioning new lifestyle. Random clusters detected all over the states of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, and Sabah have increased anxiety on venturing out.
Prolonged uncertainty and unpredictability of what the next and last few months of the year has to bring is an exhausting ordeal. Old habits (some bad) may have already threatened to resurface. Anxiety, stress and depression had barely time to recover from the first wave.
Here are some tips to help you manage the CMCO mental health stress!
1. The Runner’s High.
It’s no secret that exercising is a sure-fire way to get the endorphins going, and we need plenty of it! The CMCO rules have limited outdoor activities and contact sports, so many are resorting to SOP-compliant indoor-doable workouts.
Channel those frustrations and restlessness into something healthy! Start off with low-intensity activities such as mindful breathing, walking, or yoga for us who aren’t already in the active habit. High-intensity work outs may be a little challenging to adapt to in the early stages, but this can be turned into a long-term goal. Get your mindset into a bootcamp-like excitement and the remaining CMCO period will go by like a breeze!
2. Down with Doomscrolling!
Social media can be a great place of information given that Malaysia’s official statements are often coming in incomplete. But, platforms like Twitter can overload on news, leaving you feeling worse at how much is out of control.
Experts have termed this situation ‘doomscrolling’. You intend to check on increasingly common KL things like a water cut (prepare with these steps!), or CMCO SOPs (basic guide here). Your timeline however will be filled with upsetting news from all over the world, and there is plenty to be upset about.
To deal with this, try scheduling your time on social media, or get a trusted source to relay information to you. That ‘aunty’, ‘uncle’, or ‘mom’ friend will come in handy!
3. Control What You Can.
Routines are out the window where a normal workday is concerned. WFH isn’t without its benefits, but you’d be surprised how much simply getting ready to go to the office can influence your day. Some sources suggest maintaining that—getting up, dressed, and move by taking a turn around the house before setting down to work—can help. But take note, it takes a lot of discipline and motivation!
Some of us might find it easier to work in blocks. A whole day might be too much to plan out, so focus on what you can do for the next 30 minutes. You can compile a playlist to help with this, as suggested by this article. Should instrumentals not be your thing, ready-made playlists on Youtube and Spotify can keep you from focusing on jamming out instead!
Control over your day can also be exercised in making a checklist. Try breaking down tasks, or list things when you have completed them to show yourself how much you have managed to do.
4. Reach Out For Support.
Should you need some help (and we highly encourage it as no one should deal with mental health issues alone!), try contacting someone.
A trusted friend, a family member, or a sympathetic colleague would be ready to lend you an ear. Previous CMCO periods have shown that keeping in touch with somebody to share a joke or meme can boost moods.
For more professional, urgent needs, these contacts are available for help.