Coronavirus and COVID 19 Pandemic

Coronavirus and Mental Health

Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:42 am

With so many people around the world suffering from stress and anxiety because of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important to know how coronavirus and metal health connected with each other.

The outbreak of coronavirus, the shutdown, work from home and self-isolation are very much capable of filling one with anxiety and stress. With restaurants, educational institutions, cinema halls and now even malls shut down, the situation is keeping us from using social events as a distraction, and this can leave a negative impact on our mental health. Panicking is probably the worst thing for our mental health right now. 

Coronavirus Outbreak Impact on Mental Health

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9 Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health

Psychologist suggesting tips to take care of your mental health amidst the outbreak of COVID-19.

  1. Educate yourself about the disease: Read authentic information coming from sources such as the WHO. WhatsApp is not even an option of a last resort.
  2. Take necessary precautions. Practice personal hygiene and social isolation.
  3. Keep faith: Pray if it helps in giving you the mental strength to calm your nerves.
  4. Pick up a book or a hobby to pursue as you stay indoors. It can keep you relaxed.
  5. Spend time with family. Use this as time to connect and recuperate. We have all become emotionally isolated through excessive reliance on gadgets and technology. This is a significant chance to bond and bind.
  6. Keep your mind calm: Yoga and meditation or some deep breathing exercises can be done to keep calm and feeling less stressed.
  7. Take time to de-clutter your physical space: Cleaning up and organizing everything helps in making the mind feel fresh.
  8. Exercise indoors: Release of endorphins during exercise can help in uplifting your mood in these tough times.
  9. Stay in touch with your friends through group video calls as it keeps the spirits alive.

Coronavirus and Mental Health

More of us will spend a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us. It will help to see it as a different period in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it.

It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you. 

Create a new daily routine that priorities looking after yourself. You could try reading more or watching movies, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet. Try to rest and view this as a new, if unusual, experience that might have its benefits.    

Make sure your wider health needs are being looked after, such as having enough prescription medicines available to you.

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Coronavirus and Mental Effects – Avoid to doing the following

  1. Do not over consume social media messages and news as a lot of it is fake. It only creates a situation of panic.
  2. Don’t live in a state of optimistic bias like ‘It will not happen to me’, ‘I am safe.’ The crisis is real and it can happen to anyone. Take necessary precautions.
  3. Don’t spread information that creates fear in the society, unless it comes from a reliable source.
  4. Don’t exaggerate your anxiety by thinking of the worst-case scenarios in your mind.
  5. Don’t become paranoid or obsessive about handwashing. Moderate yourself.
  6. Don’t trivialise the seriousness of the situation and live in denial.

Tips advised by Dr Sanjay Chugh is Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Dr. Chugh’s Neuropsychiatry Clinic, New Delhi

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