As more and more cases of COVID-19 erupt across the world, and in India, the struggle and the fight against Coronavirus continues. As the most widely accepted measure to combat the crisis, social isolation has become a common affair, with governments across the globe, including India, resorting to country-wide lockdowns. While social isolation and staying inside your house is the need of the hour, there’s no denying that it’s not easy. The circumstances right now can easily have an adverse effect on your mind. Therefore, taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 is crucial.
The sheer uncertainty around the crisis, the fallout, and the impact can make anyone edgy and paranoid. There are just so many unanswered questions. What if the lockdown gets extended? How long? Will there be a recession? What about jobs? Plus there is the anxiety that comes with the slightest of cough that you have. Yes, it is overwhelming. And we want to help.
Here are four simple ways to keep your calm and take care of your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic:
Ways to take care of your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
Eat, Sleep, Exercise
Remember that saying you read when you were a kid, “A healthy mind lives in a healthy body”? Unlike many things that you read or hear in childhood, like Santa’s for real, this saying is actually true. While it is very easy at this time to stay in bed for hours, with your comfort food and munchies, it’s not really a sustainable choice. You’d love it initially, but you will get bored and feel lethargic and fatigued eventually.
Instead, taking a balanced, healthy diet with appropriate home workouts and regular hours of sleep is a better choice. Don’t forget, strong immunity beats the virus. About 80% of people recover from the disease without needing special treatment and only immunity is to be credited for that. So you might want to build up yours too. Not to forget, when you exercise, endorphins or the happy hormones are released in your body, making your mood better.
And you can make use of tools like StepSetGo and HealthifyMe to keep yourself on track. Also, if you are looking for new sessions every day, you can try the live workout sessions on our Facebook page too.
Interaction With Information
One of the primary reasons for anxiety and stress right now is the amount of information that you are being exposed to. Not all of it is credible and verified. While it is important to know about the severity of the situation and the latest updates regarding the spread, you must not let your blood pressure rise with every Whatsapp forward, Facebook post and Instagram story you come across. Nor you should blatantly forward these, adding to someone else’s stream of panic. Rather you should look for verified information and trust reliable sources. (read: WHO)
On the contrary, when you share accurate information about COVID-19 and understand the actual risk, you make the crisis less stressful.
Connect And Be Available
Social isolation can make anyone feel lonely. And loneliness is one of the leading causes of depression. To combat this, stay connected with your loved ones via messages, calls, video calls, social media and any other channel at your disposal.
When you talk to people, share your thoughts, express your concerns, and realise that the other person also is going through a similar situation, you feel better. At the same time, try not to limit this conversation to the crisis and all that you are going through during it. Nor you should exclusively talk about the latest numbers and the latest developments in the situation. While it is understandable that you would talk about it, feel free to divulge into topics apart from Coronavirus.
Also, let all your loved ones know that you are a text or a call away. Be available to them at all times. Remember, it’s not easy for them either. And together, you can make it easier for both of you.
Lastly, if you feel that things are getting too overwhelming, don’t restrain yourself from seeking professional help. Many professionals are available via telephonic and video calls these days. And some of them have a pay-what-you-want option too, so not all therapy is expensive.
Find A Hobby To Keep Yourself Busy
Yes, Netflix is always an option. But use this time to reconnect with a hobby that the hustle of your daily life had kept you away from. Read that book that you always wanted, complete that poem that you left incomplete, finish that sketch you always wanted to make or take an online cookery class or just try out recipes that you never had time for before. Cleaning your room, arranging your wardrobe, sorting your kitchen shelves are also great activities to keep yourself busy! In short, find a thing that you love, and engage yourself with it. If your mind is preoccupied with things, it won’t wander to dark places full of worry and panic.
In The End
We understand that these are trying times, but always remember what Brian Tracy said,
“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”
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