The early stages of the pandemic and the ensuing lock downs were hard on all of us, in different ways. Isolation, joblessness, childcare, and many other challenges severely affected the mental well-being of many people around the world.
The second wave (in India) has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they are again making everyone feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.
Some have lost their jobs and some have been paid half of the salary and as an effect the middle class person has started suffering from stress due to financial concerns. Also students and children are dealing with stress.
The Pandemic has not just impacted poor one’s but even the upper middle class category of people are suffering and dealing with mental stress because this time, money won’t solve your problems but availability of resources will.
Being a counselor I have been talking to people who miss the party animal within them. Today I dealt with one such case. A girl who is well known in her profession and is all financially stable is dealing with depression as she has no work to do. She feels isolated and frustrated . I concluded that being bought up in the environment where you won’t have to sacrifice anything makes you weak and at the same time you lack the fighting spirit within you. Adjustment being a big NO for you will just make you mentally weak.
When you hear to the news reporters you’ll just know about how doctors are giving their best to get people out of this. Common tips for you these days are #stayhomestaysafe and #maskon . But what is rarely discussed is how are you going to cope up with this situation mentally.
Staying mentally happy will play an essential role in making you physically healthier.
The inner condition of your health is reflected on the outsider approach as your cells are working in an unfavorable way towards you.
First try to accept the crisis. And think of how you may overcome this with a positive spirit.
Sit quietly for and close your eyes for 45 minutes. There will be random fight between your thoughts, try not getting disturbed by those thoughts. Write all of it on a paper.
The second exercise is sitting quietly for 15 minutes, twice a day with eyes closed.
Many of us are losing our dear ones and this creates fear within us which is disturbing our mental health. And due to stagnant situation anger is been accumulated and here meditation comes into role.
Meditation will be proved to be your savior for this time. It releases your frozen brain, just inhale and exhale for ten minutes.
While meditating one must combine the thought, breath and awareness which will in turn positively release your cells and balance your state of body and mental health and at the same time will boost your immune system, making you stronger to deal with this deadly disease
Similarly write what you like and dislike. After doing so, inhale what you like and exhale what you dislike. Practice this for 20 minutes in a day.
Engage in showing some love to your plants, you’ll feel secure while you survive by this exercise.
If you’ve tried all of these and are still feeling the anxiety try to take a counselling session. Sharing things you feel may prove to be the remedy in your case.