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Health Tips During Lockdown in India

Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:44 am

Health tips during lockdown! With lockdown measures in place, we have been forced to adapt to our lifestyles. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy during these times.

Health Tips During Lockdown

For most of us, witnessing the entire country in a state of complete lockdown is a first-time and also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To be living in social isolation, maintaining no physical contact with anyone, and staying indoors for extended periods of time isn’t easy. Adapting to this change can be difficult as it has suddenly put brakes on our ‘known normal’ and it asks us to create a ‘new normal’.

The lockdown has taken away a lot from all of us our personal, social, occupational, and recreational life. Nothing remains the same anymore. It is like we must reinvent the wheel of life!

Whether we are a child, an adult, or an old person, each one of us is going through his/her own set of challenges. Children have been suddenly cut away from their usual activities of going to school, tuition/hobby classes, meeting friends, playing outdoors, etc. Being completely confined within the walls of their home isn’t easy for them.

Old people are being asked to stay at home, not go for walks, sit in the park or visit their friends and family. These are the few things that give meaning to their lives and make them look forward to the day. In addition, to know that the Coronavirus affects the elderly, those with low immunity or those dealing with pre-existing medical conditions do little for their morale.

All working adults must sit at home. While there are some people who have the option of working from home, which gives routine life, for many people, their occupational life has suddenly been taken away from them. They are left with a feeling of vacuum and uncertainty.

The economy has hit its worst low and financial worries are slowly creeping in. We fear losing our job, of being handed the pink slip, or being deprived of our expected bonus, incentive, or a job confirmation letter.

There are people dying all across the world. The number of infected cases in the country continues to rise and with it rises our fear of doomsday.

All of this can take an enormous toll on our physical and mental well-being. There can be a million questions running in our head and no obvious answer that can reduce the anxiety.

“Will this get better? When will it all end? Will my family and I be safe? What if someone is known to me or I get affected? What if I lose my job? What if I may never go to work? When well I get to meet my family and friends? There are people dying every day. What can I do to help?” These questions can make us sad and bring on feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

Worrying about the present and the future can affect our sleep cycle, leading to feelings of emotional exhaustion and fatigue. Tackling this while we are in self-isolation and following social distancing can be difficult, but it is important that we do not let this get the better of us.

9 Health Tips for When the Government Shutdown Continues

9 Lockdown mental health tips During the ongoing lockdown, it is essential that you stay connected with friends and family through video calls. Rest, relax, and recuperate. Change the meaning of lockdown in your head and it will improve how you feel during this time.

  1. Actively take steps to create a routine. It is what brings normalcy to our life. It lets us know that life is on track and we are in control of things.
  2. Educate yourself about the illness. Its cause, effects, symptoms, and precautions to take. When we are informed, we have a better handle on our emotional state.
  3. Do not believe in rumours or every news that comes from social media. Verify the source of the news – ensure its credibility.
  4. Exercise at home or on the terrace. Your body needs movement. The release of endorphins will keep the mood positive. A moderate level of cardio or aerobic exercise or a dance class is an excellent option to consider.
  5. Adopt healthy sleeping and eating habits that build immunity.
  6. Limit your consumption of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine.
  7. Practice yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercise to keep the mind relaxed from the surrounding chaos.
  8. Stay connected with friends and family through video calls.
  9. Rest, relax, recuperate.

Change the meaning of the lockdown in your head. The way you perceive it will influence your emotional state. Think of it as an opportunity to slow down from the madness of a hurried life. A chance to connect with yourself – to pause, to re-evaluate, and to reset your life. It is perhaps nature’s way of giving us a wake-up call!

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