Managing Mental Health Wellness at Time of Pandemic Posted by : DHD 02-09-2020
Outbreak of Pandemic
Current is the time of the pandemic crisis that has stirred globally. Human lives are adversely getting affected by it. There is nothing that has not been flipped in our lives by this virus. We are continuously finding and adapting ways to fight it back aggressively.
To counterattack the disease, humans need to stay bound within four walls of their home; our commutes are paused or have become limited; we can’t involve ourselves in any public or social gatherings. All in all, we are forced to live a life of physical isolation, #SocialDistancing.
Toll of Stress
Though, these actions are essential to reduce the spread of infection among the human species. But, adjacently, we are dealing with the side effects as well. The outbreak has engulfed our minds. We are dealing with fear, anxiety, stress, worry –altogether, and all at once.
Hence, to fight this pandemic, just taking care of our body is not enough. Safe-guarding ourselves from infection is not sufficient. We need to ensure Mental Health Wellness, as well.
Mental Health Wellness
Presently, we are dealing with new situations and facing new realities to keep our lives on track. We are working from home, compromising with temporary unemployment, managing our finances, arranging home-schooling of children, bearing the lack of physical contact of our near and dear ones, and many more changes.
The whole process of social distancing and self-isolation is welcoming the stress into our lives as well. Our lives have become topsy-turvy. The sleeping patterns are totally changed. We are either involved in binge-watching or binge-eating or both during the lockdown. This confinement has put us on lethargic mode. Collectively, all this is worsening our mental health wellness.
Managing Mental Health Wellness
“You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.”
– Lori Deschene
At this point, it is apparent that we need to deal with our fear, ongoing stress, anxiety, worries. We cannot escape from this situation, but we need to subside these down to manage our mental health wellness.
“The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.”
– Mama Indigo
So, what are the ways by which we can manage mental health wellness?
“ I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
– Jimmy Dean
Inhale & Exhale
The immediate way to lower the stress is just ‘Inhale & Exhale’. Simply take deep breaths. This is an activity that indicates the brain to put the body in a relaxing mode. Don’t focus on what your mind is thinking, instead let the chain of your thoughts flow. And let it go!
Stick to Healthy Routine
Due to lockdown, we have an abundance of free time. Our schedules have vanished. We are investing our time more and more on sleeping and eating. It has made us negligent towards the ways we can maintain our body health and mental health wellness. We need to stop doing that, and we should reschedule it.
Wake up on time. Eat Healthy and add physical movements like walking, exercise, jogging etc. in your daily routine. And go back to sleep on time.
Allocate equal time to Rest
Most of us are working from homes. Make sure that with managing your work from home you allocate proper needed time for rest as well. If you involve yourself in on-screen activities, do ensure that you give rest to your eyes and more importantly, to your mind.
Connect with People
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”
- Fred Rogers
Just because we are undergoing social isolation, that doesn’t mean that we need to keep ourselves aloof from the people. Connect with people virtually. Talk to them over the phone, either conduct virtual informal meetings. Share your concerns with people whom you trust and with people who understand you. Convey ‘How you feel ?’.
Take Time for Yourself
Do the things which you love. Time with yourself will give your mind and heart an extreme sense of satisfaction. This is an actual right way to manage mental health wellness. The activities you love are supposed to unwind your mind.
“Sometimes self care is exercise and eating right. Sometimes it’s spending time with loved ones or taking a nap. And sometimes it’s watching an entire season of TV in one weekend while you lounge around in your pajamas. Whatever soothes your soul.”
– Nanea Hoffman
The ongoing pandemic has brought the time of uncertainity and unknown. To put your selves on safe mode where we can take care of our health and manage mental health wellness, we only need to add simple steps in our lives. Though simple, these tricks are ways to lead a normal life. And more importantly, prevent our mind and health getting affected by the pandemic in any way.
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