Dr. Raymond Rezaie: Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health During Pandemic

Montreal doctor Dr. Raymond Rezaie

May 10, 2021

Dr. Raymond Rezaie

Dr. Raymond Rezaie has been a general practitioner and family physician for over sixteen years. He is also the chief of emergency medicine and family medicine in Montreal.

Dr. Rezaie has some great tips for maintaining good mental health during the pandemic. Living through a pandemic is a stressful event, and it only happens once every hundred years or so. When it does happen, no one is prepared, nor does anyone know what to do with themselves.

We all have lives — we get up in the morning, go to work or go to school, come home, have dinner spend time with the family, and start all over again the next day. Dr. Rezaie said the disruption the pandemic has on our lives, in general, is awful.

People now find themselves working from home or unemployed, or even worse, out in the world working in the pandemic, making people fearful. At the same time, they may not be bored sitting around at home. The stress is undoubtedly running high, and their mental health is being run by fear and anxiety.

While other people feel like a prisoner in their own home, they are now home with their spouse and children, and while it is enjoyable to be with your family after a week or so, you’re close to pulling all your hair out. While asking yourself, when did I become a teacher? Because part of your new life is teaching your children.

Your children, by the way, are just as bored at home isolated from their peers as you are being separated from friends and co-workers. The pandemic turned the world inside out, and while things are certainly getting better for the most part and some people have returned to work and children to school, it has still done a number on your mental health.

The best way to maintain good mental health during the pandemic is to try and stick to your normal home routine. Eat dinner at the same time as you did before, maintain the same bedtime routine and morning routine, including going to bed and getting up at the same time. This helps your mental health greatly because while almost everything else around you have changed, there are still a few consistent things you can depend on for normalcy.

Dr. Raymond suggests enjoying old hobbies and activities. If you love to read, spend time reading—Play board games with the family. Talk about your feelings about the pandemic and how it is affecting your life. This is an excellent exercise for all family members to participate in. Let your kids face time with their friends. If you have a one-hour-a-day phone rule, bend it, so they can stay connected to their peers.

It would help if you also spent time talking to your friends and co-workers regularly. It may not seem like the real thing. But all of these things are allowing you to continue to live and find some enjoyment in life which will keep your mental health in good condition.