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Subconscious Daily Habits That Affect Your Mental Well-Being

Which ones of these are part of your routine?
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Because we're all just at home, we might not be as conscious as we normally are when we're in public. Still, it helps our mental well-being in the long run if we're more self-aware, especially now that we're in unprecedented times. It might sound a bit complicated, but there are actually little adjustments you can do in your daily lives that can already contribute to your mental wellness.

In an online press conference presented by Upjohn, a Pfizer division, Dr. Robert D. Buenaventura, Head of the Section of Psychiatry at the Manila Theological Colleges, College of Medicine, shared a few mental wellness tips to incorporate into your daily routines if you feel overwhlemed with stress (Some of these are pretty simple and straightforward that you might already be doing it unknowingly!).

Practice self-care.

Self-care isn't just about treating yourself to one episode of your favorite show. It also involves the simple things we might have been overlooking like eating right, staying hydrated, sleeping well, getting exercise, and practicing proper hygiene.

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Limit your social media exposure.

Now that we're just at home and constantly connected to our Wi-Fi, we might also be feeling a little overwhelmed with all the info on social media. Dr. Buenaventura recommends checking social media only three to four times a day and only spending around 30 minutes to one hour on different platforms. This is to avoid being overwhelmed with so much information and allowing ourselves the space to process and take in the content we consume. 

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Reach out and connect.

We may be social distancing, but it's still imperative to stay connected with our loved ones and friends. If we know a friend who is currently isolated or away from family, we can also reach out to them and extend a helping hand by making  them feel our presence. 

Engage in enjoyable activities.

When you find yourself drowning in school work or other #adulting responsibilities, try to still make it a point to step back and make time for activities that actually make you happy. Try a new hobby or go back to an old one. Watch a funny video on YouTube before going back to your study sesh. It wouldn't hurt as long as it's in moderation.

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Act on things you can control.

Because everything else happening outside of our homes are things we don't have control over, it might help to instead focus on things you can control, even through the little things. Even something as simple as choosing what to eat or what to wear for the day can help you minimize feelings of helplessness.

Develop a routine but be spontaneous as well.

Create a schedule that you can easily follow on a daily basis so you still have something ~organized~ going on in your life. But at the same time, be open to switching a few things up to avoid feeling stagnant. Maybe instead of working on your study table, you can find another quiet space around the house where you can study just so you'd have a change in scenery.

Increase self-awareness.

With so many things going on, it might be hard for us to keep track of our personal ganap. Still, it might be helpful to monitor your own thoughts, actions, and feelings about your daily life. Take some time off at the end of the day for a "quiet time" and take stock of everything that's happened that day. Try asking yourself questions like, "Why did I react that way?" or "Why did I do this particular thing?" Keeping a journal for your thoughts can also help you better understand yourself and how you respond to the world.

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