Historic winter amid a pandemic: How to care for your mental health

Texans will not forget the historic winter storm that ravaged the state last week. It turns out there are easy ways to improve your mood.

Video Transcript

- All right. Well, Texans will not forget historic winter storms like the one that hit us last week.

- Hard to forget that. Well, as most of us still work to clean up and pay for damages, experts say we need time to protect our mental health as well. Brhe Berry is joining us live with advice on how to do just that.

BRHE BERRY: The winter storm, on top of the pandemic, and that a ripple effect has led to job loss, financial hardship, add that to the stress of virtual learning, and a long list of other problems, I don't need to go on. You know them. Our mental health is at an all-time low. So how can you fight back? It turns out there are easy ways to improve your mood.

Create structure. Create a daily schedule for you and your family. Feelings of uncertainty can lead to increased mental health symptoms.

Also, limit how often you watch or listen to anything that negatively affects your mental health. Protect your physical health. That starts with getting good sleep.

Adults should aim for 7 to 9 hours, while children and teenagers need even more. Try to eat at regular times. And offer nutritious foods whenever possible.

And maintain an exercise routine. Even if you can't go to the gym, exercise at home using an online workout video, or simply go for a walk, a run, or a bike ride in an area that's not populated. And set boundaries.

It's OK to say no to things that don't bring you joy. That can be as simple as not checking your email late at night. It's a good reminder there.

And it's not just us, right? Our kids are feeling the stress as well. Ahead at 6:00 AM, we have some tips on how to protect their mental health, because we know the entire family needs to be protected.

- Yes. That's for sure.

- Very important. All right. thanks so much, Brhe.