Our lives have been greatly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us face challenges which can be challenging, stressful and emotional in both adults and children. The spread of COVID‐19 needs public health measures, such as social distancing, but can make us feel depressed and isolated, and can increase the level of stress and anxiety. You can become more flexible and active if you learn to deal with stress in a healthy way.
The bad news about COVID-19 from around the world and especially in our country has caused a lot of stress and anxiety. It’s difficult to ignore frequent news of corona virus-related illness and death. The World Health Organization held a press conference today to share general self-care tips and address why the mental health needs of the elderly and young need special attention.
Healthy ways of handling stress:
- Take healthy and balanced diet
- Engage in physical activities and workouts as it not only gives you a sense of accomplishment, but it also increases the chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Exercising can help to alleviate depression, anxiety, tension, and feelings of exhaustion and laziness.
- Get plenty of sleep and rest regularly as it is associated with having a longer life.
- Structure and routine in everyday life
- Connect socially and maintain physical distance with friends and families.
- Practise Yoga regularly and Meditation as it is considered as a vital factor in eliminating the stress and thereby improving the mental health.
- Continue preventive regular actions such as vaccinations.
- When available, get vaccinated with COVID-19.
- Try doing a few other things you enjoy doing.
- Try listening to music which can relax your mind.
- Make use of video chats to have fun and interactive visits with family and friends. Share the tactics you use to remain optimistic with one another.
- Set and stick to a schedule, go to bed and wake up at regular hours, and keep your job or school schedule as regular as possible.
- Avoid drinking, smoking, and consuming drugs.
- Vitamin D is a critical vitamin for both our bodies and our brains. It triggers the release of chemicals in our brains that boost our mood, such as endorphins and serotonin.
Especially in this ongoing second wave, take breaks, like on social media, from viewing, reading or hearing news stories. It is nice to be aware of it, but it can continually disturb to hear about the pandemic. Consider restricting news to a few times per day and for a while disconnecting from your telephone, TV and computer screens.
One of the most important aspects of maintaining your mental health is recognising when you’re not feeling well and knowing when to seek support. If you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, there’s no shame in reaching out for help.
Volunteering and helping the society are safe ways to cope and promote mental health during the COVID19 pandemic. By helping others, we also help ourselves and feel connected and supported.