The ongoing pandemic is a global challenge which has brought us to a point where we are going through tremendous emotional turmoil. In the current scenario, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a lot of changes in our regular lives. Not just did it limit our regular functioning, it has also created a wave in the emotional well-being of a person. This was triggered by several factors that occurred by default due to the pandemic.
It is a known fact that people lost their jobs, failed in their businesses, suffered extreme financial crisis, and on another note, some people lost their loved ones, some people suffered permanent damages in their body and people with substance abuse disorders were seen to have worse outcomes. All these factors have collectively contributed to the arousal of stress and anxiety in most people.
It has been continuously advised by the experts to maintain social distancing and self-isolation. Although, this is the best possible way to prevent ourselves from getting infected by the virus, however, this has also created a sense of loneliness in people. Almost everyone is clouded by the fear of losing their loved ones. The locked down state demands the residents to stay totally homebound, which is one of the primary triggers of negative mental health states like anxiety, depression and insecurity regarding the uncertain future.
The general people have the common tendency to experience fear and anxiety of extreme helplessness and losing their lives to the virus. These negative mental health states co-morbidly exist with stress. From a more psychological perspective, people are found to be suffering from depressive disorders, panic disorders, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, somatic symptom disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Amidst this crisis, some people have used this time as a boon and have engaged themselves in the recreational activities they love and some have used the time to learn a new art.
The locked down state demands the residents to stay totally homebound, which is one of the primary triggers of negative mental health states like anxiety, depression and insecurity regarding the uncertain future.Although some people could deal with the situation in a pretty positive way for themselves, however, the crowd that suffered the most were the elderly people. Elderly people are more prone to getting infected due to both clinical reasons as well as social reasons. They have a weaker immune system and, in most cases, other underlying health conditions. Hence, they are advised to socially isolate themselves, thus distancing themselves from their loved ones.
The feeling of loneliness was most commonly found in the elderly people. And, on the other hand, the young adults reported of increased suicidal thoughts due to various pandemic related experiences such as loss in academic year, relocation, loss of income.
Although, the pandemic has created quite a stir in our regular lives, there is absolutely nothing that could not be overcome. A person can undoubtedly cope with the current pandemic by putting in just a little effort in bettering their regular life.
A few tips to practice positive mental health include:
- Self-care is the most significant of all. One needs to love and take care of oneself in order to feel good internally.
- Positive thinking will lead to positive outcome. One needs to BELIEVE that positive things will happen eventually.
- Maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.
- Eating a healthy balanced diet (food that will make you happy) and practicing mindful eating. One should try and appreciate every bite of food that is being eaten.
- Practicing the habit of exercising regularly to keep oneself internally healthy andstrong.
- Practicing meditation can help to prevent anxiety and achieve a calmer state of mind.
- Try connecting with more people and socializing through phone calls or online medium. This will prevent one from experiencing feelings of loneliness.
- Taking a break from the regular routine.
- Engaging yourself in an activity you love or any art you wish to pick like cooking, learning a musical instrument, letting your creative juices flow.
- Keeping oneself distracted and not allowing enough time to let your mind get clouded with negative thoughts.
- DO NOT engage in excessive watching of television or social media (especially news).
With the help of these above-mentioned tips, one can definitely overcome the emotional turmoil that is being experienced and also practice positive mental health.