6 Mental Health Tips during Covid (and beyond)

6 Mental Health Tips during Covid (and beyond)

6 Mental Health Tips during Covid 19 for 2021 (and beyond)

In the U.S., mental health conditions affect as many as one in five people – around 47 million of us. As devastating as COVID 19 has been, current case numbers are sitting at half that amount. The issue is that the pandemic’s mental health effects may be far longer lasting than the disease itself. COVID 19 has also caused disruptions to our mental health indirectly. The measures are taken to slow the spread of the virus have affected our physical activity levels, eating behaviors, sleep patterns, and our relationship with addictive substances, including social media. To this last point, both our increased use of social media while stuck at home, as well as the increased exposure to disaster news over the past year, have amplified the negative effects of social media use on our mental health. Thankfully, the news is not all bad, especially with new plans for rolling out vaccines. So in this video, I want to give some recommendations for boosting your mental health as we get through this pandemic together.

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There’s new, even stronger evidence for the positive benefits of exercise on mental health. The most common aerobic exercise forms, such as walking, running, or stationary cycling, have displayed these improvements. Encouragingly, these benefits have still been present at follow-ups up to 12 months after the interventions ended.

Resistance training, too, has provided similar reductions in depressive symptoms over an eight-week period compared to cardio. You don’t have to exhaust yourself, either – low to moderate-intensity exercise improves mood and vigor, while high-intensity training, if overdone, has more potential to increase tension and fatigue. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends two to three 20-30 minute exercise sessions per week. During isolation, we can enjoy the saved transit time and decreased costs of working out at home.

Epidemiological studies investigating the relationship between diet and mental health have steadily increased over the last decade. Research shows the increased risk of developing depression and anxiety when consuming a highly processed, Western diet. On the flip side, studies have also emerged showing the link between a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, fish – and low in processed foods – and the protection from developing common mental disorders.

The Mediterranean diet has been ranked the healthiest way of eating by dietitians and doctors for the 4th year in a row. It’s a nonrestrictive, mostly plant-based eating style that has been extensively researched. Study after study shows benefits for weight loss, lower risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, better digestion, and even healthier aging. The diet is based on eating habits in regions like Greece and southern Italy, the so-called blue zones, where people live the longest, healthiest lives.

More than a third of adults experience sleep difficulties. In the first half of 2020 alone, U.S. Google searches for ‘Insomnia’ increased by 58%. More often than not, these problems occur in conjunction with physical and mental health burdens. Since COVID 19 has disrupted our daily routines, our ‘sleep hygiene, as it’s known, is suffering as a result.

Depending on the weather (and the restrictions) in your area, you may be able to get outside for a certain amount of time each day. I suggest you take this opportunity wherever possible. The restorative properties of interacting with nature include lower stress levels and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. Getting outside also means you’re spending less time on social media and away from your phone, and the importance of this can’t be underestimated. You’ll also get the benefits of healthy sunlight exposure – weather permitting. This plays a vital role in mental well-being by regulating our energy levels and is also a source of our vitamin D supply.

Doctor Mike Hansen, MD
Internal Medicine | Pulmonary Disease | Critical Care Medicine
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  1. Doctor Mike Hansen on January 17, 2022 at 9:39 pm

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  2. Stephanie Miller on January 17, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Is it now necessary to wear double masks? I have been hearing a lot about doing so. Thank you.

  3. Chelsea Scott on January 17, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    My social anxiety has been so much worse since Covid. I’m too scared to even apply online for jobs. Too scared to even email anyone..

  4. GoldenSheen Obsidian on January 17, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    What can we do about elderly 70+ who have had their vaccine shots and has symptoms of affecting their mental health has gotten worse?

  5. angelica r on January 17, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    thank you for this helpful info doc. God bless you

  6. Sailing Sam on January 17, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Can you do a segment on allergic rhinitis ?

  7. Christina Aragon on January 17, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Oh my, this video has been out for like 6 months, but I have been meaning to reply to it. I’m a counselor and I so appreciate it when medical doctors promote the importance of self-care and mental health awareness. Thank you, Dr. Hansen! ❤

  8. Gregoire Mauvais on January 17, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Also doing all of them and still feel depressed so that’s why I’m checking that video

  9. Waismann Method Opioid Detox & Rapid Detox Center on January 17, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Self care is so important for our mental health. When we don’t take care of our anxiety or stress it can very easily lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms like drug abuse. In the short term, drugs seem to help but then they take over and cause even more problems including addiction.

  10. Kari on January 17, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I knew you were gonna mention physical activity and nutrition. Dammit🙄🙄🙄

  11. Michael James Chisholm on January 17, 2022 at 9:49 pm


  12. Sue Barnard on January 17, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Good medication and a therapist online will also help. I do agree exercise outside has made a big difference!

  13. Helen Ndow on January 17, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    I’m 84 and for some of my exercise I dance around the house with my teddy bear

  14. GloriaBeauty5000 on January 17, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    I wish this video was an hour😭😭😭

  15. Gharelu Nuskha on January 17, 2022 at 9:58 pm


  16. Chanatip Suksang on January 17, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you for making these vdos. Very informative, get to the point. Very helpful in with keeping up with important Medical news. The length of vdo is perfect, since we all are so busy.

  17. Mona Singh on January 17, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    The lady crying…your wife???

  18. It’s Me on January 17, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Awww man mental Heath really shot up now I done went crazy during this

  19. Sherry Antoine on January 17, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Really helpful, thanks.

  20. Pina Macheda on January 17, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    At least they are talking more about the "real pandemic" that’s still gripping the world. My poor nephew a perfect example of victim to mental health. He and his partner never encountered a fight in 5 yrs together but when lockdowns took place, they split overnight without even facing each other and nobody is to blame, his poor partner had endured several abusive relationships during her life and appeared to have flashbacks during isolation and cut him off, it’s like he became one of their past abusers yet treated her like a Queen.

    This type of behavior seems more common in older people who’ve had a history of abusive. Goodness knows how many marriages/relationships that were otherwise ok have been ruined by this horrible disease. He’s still broken 9 months later but not because of the loss, but knowing it would never have happened had it not been for this pandemic. Many couples have coped and even prospered during the crisis, but many haven’t. The real cost of C19 is sickening.

  21. ECATERINA MATCOV on January 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Hello doctor Hansen
    Thankyou for all preciouses information
    Have a beautiful day or evening and you to stay safe

  22. Patrica Dyson on January 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I like to read . And cook .And do walks .And most of all Pray a lot. A. Exercise. Talk to my friends. And watch funny shows .

  23. Nomsa Ledwaba on January 17, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    @Dr Mike Hansen how does one treats Rhinitis allergy for a 4 year old, now that you mentioned it?
    Light and love from South Africa.

  24. Myrna Sharif on January 17, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    hi ! Dr. Hansen, thanks for giving educational and medical
    videos , i do appreciate all the efforts you’ve made in making
    this lectures. take care keep safe.

  25. Gharelu Nuskha on January 17, 2022 at 10:08 pm


  26. Joe Bell on January 17, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    A lot of good facts and promise in here, thanks for making these videos. However you mentioned a new Biden administration aiding in making covid improve, I don’t understand that, could you explain further how that impacts anything?

  27. Beth Mercado on January 17, 2022 at 10:09 pm


  28. z on January 17, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Nuremberg trials

  29. Sassy girl on January 17, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    In the beginning of this pandemic I had panic and anxiety attacks multiple times a week, so much that I had to even put my Fitbit watch back on in the evening to try and controle my heartrate. Now at this point, I’m pretty much sliding into a depression, crying multiple times a week. I’m an introvert and like being alone from time to time, but even for me this is getting really hard to handle. On top of that I have MS and winter is the hardest time for me when it comes to that. I work for the governement so I’m still working, seeing my colleagues and I do 14000 to 15000 steps a day and do yoga. But doesn’t really help. I started 2021 with a good feeling and good hopes with the vaccines and health experts and politicians here in Belgium stating we’ll all be vaccinated by half of september. But now once again there’s nothing but bad news, coz the pharmaceutical companies are not doing what they’re supposed to and delivering way less doses than they were supposed to. At this rate, it’ll be 2023 by the time we all got our 2 doses of the vaccine 😭😭😭

  30. Asian in America on January 17, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for your educational videos!

    I had a question I was wondering if you could possibly address in a video. I was chatting with a friend who isn’t completely sold on the vaccine and he raised an interesting question I didn’t know how to answer. To my understanding the vaccine doesn’t necessarily prevent you from getting infected rather it prevents you from getting sick. So if we can still be infected with the virus how does vaccine help lower the spread of Covid? Once we’re vaccinated do we become less infectious even if we get infected? I understand that even with the vaccine we still have to be on our game about hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing. However, in my community people can be rather lax about their masks (wearing them on their chin or taking them off if nobody calls them out). Also, I know some people are still having larger gatherings and traveling. So once more people become vaccinated, seeing how people are behaving when things are worse than they’ve ever been, I can’t help think that there’s a chance people will become even more lax about their precautions. Will it become so that even if we get infected there will be less hospitalizations? Is that the solution the currently available vaccines offer us?

  31. Jason Wang on January 17, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Love you doc.

  32. Sriyani Sriyani on January 17, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Definitely stresses make life distroid.. I’m very lazy to do.. I don’t know why feeling that way….

  33. mikey stanberry on January 17, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you so much Dr Mike! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  34. Truth Lover on January 17, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Dance on your favourite beats 💓
    Always remember we are part of this amazing universe and we will always remain its part whether as a matter or an energy

  35. Mona Singh on January 17, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Many relationship have realised…their relation hollow and void… results of mental health issues

  36. Jerry Curtis on January 17, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Very Helpful!

  37. Debbie Hill on January 17, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I am petrified of having any vaccine and would rather continue isolating from the world to avoid contracting the illness. I have had many medical blunders and high risk of shock syndrome so I wont be having the vaccine .

  38. lorrane on January 17, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Do you recommend an anti-histamine for stuffy nose

  39. សុខុមសទ្ធា កែវ on January 17, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    😈😈😈 Covid-19 is the secret terrorist in this 21th century. The world has to join its solidarity to combat this fierce enemy.
    WHO & WPA should play the important role in fighting with Covid-19 & its complications such as : mental trauma, PTSD, melancholic depression etc.

    – Covid-19 is the biggest lesson between Science & Religion.
    – Covid-19 is the greatest lesson between humanity & profit.

  40. Dan Burkhardt on January 17, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    The one thing that would make us all get really upbeat fast is to see those responsible FEEL THE PAIN! THROW THEM IN JAIL AND OR TERMINATE THEM!!! WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE WHY DOES SOCIETY PUT UP WITH THESE EVIL PEOPLE!!!

  41. Mia B on January 17, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I absolutely loved the video! Thank you. 💙

  42. carla wells on January 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    i don’t listen to the news for good reason but i get it through people talking and of course it’s the worst news or sports

  43. Sara Mariam on January 17, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    My mother have this health issue hemifacial spasm plz tell me treatment??

  44. Chris Lim on January 17, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    This thing is not ending. I don’t want to live the rest of my life using masks and video meetings.

  45. Sal Rutig on January 17, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Thank You dr. jizzer, for your clear analysis of the DSM 5. When jogging 🏃, may the blue bird of Happiness poop on you!

  46. Mona Singh on January 17, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    India has Olympic games….Sonia Gandhi…Italian….from Rome….Rome started Olympic only…

  47. Wamba Malita on January 17, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    But people I think it’s because of putting a blame on our selves yet it’s not our problem,for me I always say that in my mind and keep on wearing my mask that’s helping me.

  48. Mona Singh on January 17, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Mental health:…you curse/scold other person…let stress/strain be out ..outcomes unknown???

  49. The Common Sense Diet on January 17, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    "It is health that is the real gold and not the pieces of gold and silver." (Mahatma Gaandi)

  50. Sapphire Blue on January 17, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    How do we know post dx days 11-21 are not infections, but "lingering coughs" and lack the vital load to be contagious?