Dr. Curtis Cripe is an expert in matters of the mind and he has been highly vocal over the last couple of months as we have been living under lockdown conditions. What Dr. Cripe has been speaking about is the importance of looking after our mental health during a situation like this. Naturally there is no precedent but you only need to look at people who have been trapped somewhere to understand what happens in the brain and the chemical reaction to this. Dr. Cripe has inspired me to write this piece about the importance of looking after your mental health during lockdown.
The feeling of being trapped is not a nice one and that is what a great number of people have felt during this time, the sense that they have no escape and nowhere to go. This is of course perfectly natural and the key to most mental health issues is whether or not we feed the beast so to speak, and give oxygen to this fear. In order to stay in good mental shape, we have to take action to stay as strong as possible and not give into those feelings of entrapment.
Throughout Dr. Cripe’s career he has done extensive studies into the effects which physical health has on mental well being and the results are fascinating. Not to put too fine a point on it but the results are that those who do regularly exercise are far less likely to have issues around their mental well being. During this lockdown there is a temptation to get a bit lazy and perhaps not eat as well as we usually do, but we must be doing the exact opposite of that if we want to make sure that mentally we are as strong as we can possibly be.
Keeping our brains busy during this time is also going to be important in making sure that we remain positive and optimistic even though the world is telling us something different. For this reason learning a new skill or engaging in a new activity during lockdown is a great idea. They say that the devil makes work for idle hands and that is exactly the case when it comes to this pandemic, if you are not able to fill the time with learning new things then you will end up giving in to temptations which will not aid your mental well being. No matter whether you learn a new language, a new hobby or you begin to create something, a project will be something which significantly helps you and your mental well being.
It is essential that you are taking your ‘temperature’ with regards to your mental well being during this difficult time and it is also good to remember that it is alright to not feel so great. The key is to take action and do positive things which can help you until all of this has blown over.
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