For many of us, keeping a good mindset can be challenging, especially with the many pressures to limit exposure to other people. Staying at home for long periods can also have unexpected mental health challenges including feeling restless, finding it difficult to relax, challenges in concentrating and ability to focus on tasks.

In order to overcome some of these issues affecting our lives, there are activities and ways to structure your day to bring you a sense of comfort. No one likes to feel like there life is out of their control, so here are a few tips to help you feel in control.

 

Set a daily and weekly schedule

This may not be the most exciting thing to work on right now, but setting a schedule is a very important step in maintaining some control over our lives.

Why is creating and keeping a schedule so important? Setting times for different activities such as work, chores, studying or reading and engaging in activities you enjoy helps you to track how your day is going. If you have time for work set for the morning, breaks scheduled throughout the day and other activities such as dinner and other activities can help you gauge how your day is going.

As you check off accomplishing your tasks and activities throughout the day, you can feel a sense of accomplishment that will help motivate you on to the next task as you go through the day.

 

Little activities and exercise go a long way

Staying active as much as possible is a key part of good mental health. This can be accomplished through walking more if you are able, taking time to stretch a bit and adding in other types of exercises that you can do.

When you are able to add in exercise to your daily routine, it can have real lasting and daily benefits.

 

Get a good night’s sleep

Staying up late working or glued to electronic devices may seem important or fun to do, however lack of enough sleep can cause irritability, a lack of focus and ability to stay on task, and feeling sleepy far longer than you should.

Try setting a time to rest and settling down to sleep and see how it benefits your mental health over time. There are plenty of studies out there which point to sleeping enough for good health, so schedule it in and stick with it.