The unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental wellbeing, alongside its physical and social constrictions. The mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has been significant, is ongoing, and will persist for a long time. One in every seven Indian suffers from mental illness, and about 45.7 million people have been reported to be prone to depression and anxiety disorders. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Being exposed to news of deaths, social alienation, and the resulting psychological trauma are indicative of mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide. Anxiety and fear are the initial responses of the millions, which could have emotional, social, and economic consequences.
In times of crisis and uncertainty, being aware of one’s own mental wellbeing is critical for sustainable and healthy adaptability. The shift from illness to wellness is the need of the hour and a way forward. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.
Following are some of the tips one could adapt during and post pandemic:
- Take care of your body, (e.g., exercise regularly, yoga, walking).
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate for at least 15-20 minutes daily.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced diet + drink sufficient water.
- Get enough sleep.
- Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, processed food, and substance use.
- Continue with routine preventive measures (such as wearing masks, social distancing, use of sanitizers etc.).
- Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Practice Detox- physically, mentally, and digitally
- Distract yourself with the things you enjoy doing
- Connect with others.
- Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Practice empathy
- Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations.
- While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
- It is good to be informed, however taking breaks, and cutting down on time from watching, reading, or listening to information relating to pandemic can be helpful.
- Talk to your Physician or reach out helpline or seek out for therapy when you feel overwhelmed.