LET’S FIGHT THIS STUBBORN ENEMY WITH A HEALTHY MIND, AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE !!!!!
Anxiety is the natural reaction towards uncertain events that turn up in our life. Many people today are prone to face anxiety for coronavirus as being vulnerable to develop the illness. People often worry about their health as well as the health of their loved ones. Facing anxious thoughts and feelings are normal but letting them take control over you well now that can be harmful for any person. Everyone out in the world are prone to face anxiety at any point of their life but letting it dwell in and take the charge can affect the mental and emotional well-being of a healthy person. As dealing with this pandemic can be stressful and anxious for everyone, it’s completely ‘OKAY’ for a person to feel anxious than usual and it’s also okay if you are taking time to manage your mental health. You are doing your best to manage when the upcoming news can be overwhelming.
Let us explore few things you can take up during this quarantine time and manage your emotional as well as physical well-being healthily.
- Take care of yourself– YES!!!! You heard it right…. Take care of yourself! Havinga healthy diet and exercising regularly is the best way to keep yourself engaged well you can cook for yourself and become a master chef for your family(wink). Home-made food is the best diet and cooking is a major stress buster. Getting enough sleep is very important during these days so keep your little buddy aside and take a break from social media. Practicing your hobbies on regular basis can help you manage your stress. Who wouldn’t love to pick up that guitar from the corner and pull some strings…
- Stay connected to your loved ones-You might find yourself planning to call that long-distance friend of yours but oh, the work pressure…! Well now’s that time to pick that damn phone and keep dialing. Being isolated from others can affect your mood. Find out ways you can connect to your loved ones via phone, text or video call.
- Cut out time you spend on social media – At times while scrolling over social media you happen to come across a message which can be overwhelming and can give you anxiety. Believe on trusted information sources and if reading stories and news are provoking anxiety, it’s okay if you don’t keep a check of what is happening around of COVID-19. Limit your information. Stay informed but don’t obsessively check on news and get updates.
- Explore your self-management strategies– Can you see that grumpy cupboard of yours while the wardrobe screaming in pain? So, now’s the time to go and finish that unfinished task of yours. Figuring out your self-management techniques can help you deal with anxiety well. Practice mindfulness, yoga, meditation, art, mandalas or excercise to manage anxious thoughts. One can prepare charts to manage their emotions and keep a check on feelings you experience daily.
- Focus on things you can control- Nowe are not talking about your younger sibling here.!! (a wink again but now with a tongue out too!) There are so many things outside of our control, including how long the pandemic lasts, how other people behave, and what’s going to happen in our communities. Certain things are in our control which can help us to reduce our own personal risk. Maintaining of personal-hygiene can make us less vulnerable to susceptible infections.
- Seek support when you need it– People are prone to feel anxious about their future and many people who have never encountered a pandemic before. It’s okay if you need help. Talk to the person like mental health professionals, counselor, therapist or a friend to get relief from your thoughts plus a lot of gossips !!!
COVID-19 Helpline no. +91-11-23978046
Seeking help isn’t bad! If things can be handled on your own, deal with it if you do not feel free to ask for it.
Framed by – Bhairavi Chaudhari,
Rephrased by – Vijaya Bhisale