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Chaitrali Datar

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Mental Health in times of Covid-19 and how to deal with it.


Covid-19 more commonly called ‘Corona Virus’ stormed our lives in February 2020.What was thought as a temporary phenomenon had rippling effects on people. It was a catastrophe no one had ever imagined or thought.

It ripped apart our ‘normal lives’, wreaking havoc in our daily routines, cutting us from the social world, and stealing our freedom.

Irritation, depression, anxiety, frustration, boredom became our constant companions and everyone is dealing with it.

So what is the way out? It needs to be seen that this is a pandemic when no one knows when it is going to end so it is up to us to have a set routine and adjust ourselves to the new normal.

It is the ‘Survival of the Fittest’. 

So how to take care of your mental health?

You need to understand firstly that all are sailing in the same boat and you are not alone. It is completely normal to feel angry, sad and depressed during a crisis.

 Talk to your family members, friends or any trusted person you are comfortable with.

 You can also take the help of a therapist if need be.

 Remember you will be spending more time at home, so a healthy diet is a must. Do not binge eat just for the sake of it. It will make matters worse.

 Prioritize a healthy diet. Bananas, cherries, nuts and oats are known to have mood-boosting properties. Decide on a cheat day. Sleep well and avoid screen time at least 15 minutes prior to going to sleep.

 Increase the intake of probiotics, yogurt, buttermilk, whole grains and brown rice.

 EXERCISE! That is a must! In fact that is one of your way out to deal with mental health.

Different ways in which you can exercise-

 Doing Suryanamaskar- helps you lose weight, reduces anxiety, and battles insomnia.

 Meditation- reduces stress, helps in maintaining emotional balance and well-being, and helps fight addictions.

 Dance workouts- improve endurance, strength and overall fitness of the body. You feel happy and rejuvenated.

 Cardio (running, walking, jogging, aerobics) - improves heart health, burns calories, muscle agility.

 Do not pay attention to unnecessary information which is not from any credible source.

 Try to mitigate or completely avoid the negative talk. The healthier our brains are the healthier our immune systems will be.

 Limit or completely stop the usage of alcohol, drugs and smoking.

 Indulge in a hobby that you may otherwise do not have the time to pursue. If you do not have one, start one!

 Hold virtual meetings with your friends and family.

 Focus on each day as it comes.

Remember it is in our hands to take note of our mental health. Empower or help those who need help and try to make them come out of this situation. Take this as an opportunity to improve relations with your close friends and family.

Now is the time for an individual and a collective action plan in place to fight together and come out victorious and fighting out this pandemic.