The pandemic has had a substantial impact on the mental health of millions of Americans, as we have been told to isolate and avoid crowded indoor areas which we used to frequent for social activities. As a result, more and more people are remaining at home, experiencing extended periods of alone time and a lack of in-person social interaction. This has led to an explosion of depression among Americans, and you could very well be one of those now struggling with a depressive episode as a result of the pandemic. Let’s look at some ways you can alleviate your symptoms of depression and get back to a healthy state of mind.

We’ve previously discussed the benefits of exercise in terms of mental health, but this cannot be over emphasized. Regular exercise promotes healthy endorphin levels which contribute a great deal towards feelings of positivity and optimism. A great way to combat feelings associated with depression is through a daily exercise routine. Start by simply walking a few blocks around your neighborhood, or if this is not feasible find a quick 15 minute starter workout video on YouTube. There are so many exercise options available to us all, so you are more than capable of finding one which fits into your lifestyle. Doing so will provide a much needed boost to your neurochemical production and will go a long way towards improving your mental health.

Another important facet of our overall mental health is a healthy social life. This has become difficult during the pandemic, but it is not impossible to socialize while staying safe and avoiding concerns about contracting the virus. Public parks, beaches, outdoor picnic areas, these are all safe spaces in which to socialize while avoiding the risk of contracting the virus. Here in South Florida, the beautiful weather we experience year round leaves you no excuse for avoiding the great outdoors. Schedule an outdoor barbeque with some friends and loved ones for the upcoming weekend and get a much needed recharge of your social health batteries!

Depression is far more common in today’s society as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Many have been frightened by what they hear on the news and as a result have isolated themselves at home. This homebound routine can easily have a negative impact on your mental and physical health, as you are less active socially and are not getting as much exercise. You need to take steps to alter this pattern of staying at home for days on end, and there are easy ways to accomplish this. Your mental health will thank you for making a few changes to your routine, and you will be amazed at how quickly you feel the effects of some simple exercise and social interaction!