Covid-19 and Mental Health
We need Physical Distancing not Social
The Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic is a major health crisis affecting the people worldwide. This pandemic is already a suffering for many with present stats as 4.2 million cases and 0.29 million confirmed deaths worldwide. Such severe outbreaks which suddenly change the lifestyle of people are associated with issues like social and emotional isolation of masses, and may cause severe mental health issues. Thus there is an immediate need to guide them with proper personal, emotional, and social support. Studies suggests that symptoms of fear, anxiety, depression and stress are very frequent psychological reactions to the Corona Virus pandemic.
Here we are discussing few points to make you a better version of yourself during lockdown.
The first and most important thing to stay away from stress and anxiety is just to not panic. Panic will eventually just give you stress and more stress. Don’t focus on things that you can’t control. Keep yourself focused on things you can control as washing your hands, staying at home, avoiding gathering and all the precautionary measures that are told by the government and public health workers.
2.Stay Socially Connected
As we all know how the deadly virus spreads and to break the chain of virus, we must keep social distance from one another. During these days of social distancing, people often feel higher levels of stress, anxiety and mood swings and these are completely common. Feeling of loneliness is the worst feeling that most of the people in the world are facing which leads to mental illness like depression, anxiety and it can also affect your physical health. That’s why it is important to stay in touch with people, to stay connected with friends.
3.Make a follow Routine
Try to make a routine and stick to regular sleep, meals, getting ready in the morning, work and so on. Many people are working from home and that makes it a bit difficult for people to be productive and dedicate their time. You can try to set your working hours so that it won’t get hard for you.
4.Learn New Things
Learning new things can be fun. You can learn so many new things that once you thought of. Many people once thought that when they’ll have time, they’ll try things that they want to do or learn such as calligraphy, learn new languages, presentation skills and so forth. This is the time that you can give all that a try and learn things. There are so many online platforms that are providing free access to their courses during lockdown.
5.YouTube, a Golden Opportunity
YouTube is the largest video sharing site—nothing even comes close to it. Creating a YouTube Channel can be one of the best investment of your time and specifically during lockdown, it is the golden opportunity to enhance your communication and presentation skills. After all, it’s a fun and interactive hobby with the potential to turn you into a popular online personality—with the added benefit of helping you meet new people, get free stuff from companies, and of course, earn a pretty impressive income.
Steps to start your YouTube channel:-
- Figure out your expertise and interests.
- Specify your niche.
- Plan your Content.
- Pick out a specific topic.
- Start with short videos.
6.Start regular Exercise
In the times of these uncertainties, there is a definite need for physical wellbeing. You should add some kind of physical exercises in your daily routine. This will not only keep you fit but will also lower your stress level and will release happy hormones.
Mindfulness is the approach that leads to the state of awareness of one’s own emotions and feelings. There are so many types of mindfulness meditations like sitting mindfulness meditation, concentration meditation, loving kindness meditation and so on. Mindfulness will teach you how you can live in the present moment and enjoy it. It will give you the deeper knowledge of your thoughts and feelings.
8.Bud your Creativity
As we all know, creativity is the key to success, we should add some creative component in our daily routine. It can be anything like art based activities, make your regular activities interesting.
9.Make a to do list
Give yourself daily tasks that you have to complete no matter what. You can make a to do list and write things you want to do and at the end of the day mark it as done. Believe me it gives a great feeling. Start with one thing a day and if that makes you feel good, gradually add things in your to do list.
10.Strengthen your Relationships
There’s a need for emotional support and new connections for every person out there. People should make a connection with whosoever they feel secure. You should know that if you feel overwhelmed, there is a person to whom you can talk to.
Here’s a pro tip too: when you are telling your feeling to the other person, you should also listen to the person when he/she needs you. It always work as give and take.
11.Try making your Selfideo
Enhance your connections and build new ones by making your Selfideo. Share your best Experiences and Knowledge through a small video made using your own mobile phone. This video will be featured Across YouTube and other Social Media Platforms.
Selfideo is simply a 4-5 minute video made using your own smartphone at home in which you can express your ideas and experiences to those who could be benefited from this content.