It’s been around 6 months since the announcement of lockdown, followed by different phases of unlocking.
While people are slowly starting to return to the outside world and coming to grips with the new normal, it is far from over for us.
The past 6 months have been extremely hard for a lot of people, physically, financially, and most importantly mentally.
The pandemic has affected the normal lives of people in more ways than one can imagine. While a few lost their jobs or did not receive their salaries, a few others had to deal with the grief of losing their loved ones or witness them getting sick.
However, a majority of us had to deal with the unforeseen deterioration of mental health that arose due to quarantine and social distancing.
Most channels have focused on the implications of the deadly virus while the effect on one’s mental health took the back seat.
Through this article, we would like to bring this topic to the forefront and suggest a few remedies to cope with it.
How quarantine Effected mental health?
As mentioned above, the quarantine and isolation period is affecting people in more ways than one could have ever imagined. This is mainly due to the fact that none of us endured or experienced such a situation in the past or remotely anticipated something like this could ever happen.
- This quarantine or the abrupt disruption of the social movement has forced people to stay at home or completely isolate themselves from meeting or being next to another person. While this is an effective way to minimize the spread, it took its toll on mental health.
As we, the humans, are social animals, the restriction to meet people or go outside had a major impact on our mental wellbeing.
Add to this, the uncertainty of when all this will end has made people anxious and helpless for having no control over the situation.
Another important factor was the social stigma attached to people who have contracted the virus or went into quarantine.
Psychological distress became a common issue both during and after the quarantine. Some of the major issues it spawned were:
- Emotional imbalance
Health officials around the world are already overwhelmed with the ongoing situation. However, what they fear the most is that, when all this is over and everything eventually goes back to how it was earlier, a significant percentage of the world population will be susceptible to mental health issues.
How to cope with it?
The situation around the world will be frenzy if large swathes of the population suffer from some form of mental issues.
In addition to it hindering our personal lives, another important thing to remember is that we do not want to overburden health officials and facilities with another widespread issue when all this will be finally over, and give them time to recoup and better equip themselves with such situations in the future.
So, here are a few suggestions to help you cope with the quarantine effects.
Distract yourselves by being active
One of the best things you can do to come out of such situations is to shut yourself from anything negative or remotely related to it.
While you need to be informed of the happenings and updates, make sure that you are not overwhelmed with the information you digest.
An effective way is to distract yourself by being active. Be very busy by involving in work, or things you enjoy or like to do, like working out, playing games, experimenting with different cooking recipes, or watching a movie or series.
Set up a routine
With the new normal sweeping our past routine away, like working from home and staying inside, it is important that you set up a new routine for yourself.
This will help you in adjusting to the newfangled development and maintain productivity. That being said, keep changing your schedules and routine to avoid monotony.
Get some Vitamin D
Cooping up inside your house will also affect your health as you need a breath of fresh air and some much-needed vitamin D by getting out in the sun.
You don’t have to go far from your home or put yourself at risk. Just go to your terrace or walk around your apartment if it has access to sunlight.
Get a deep breath of fresh air to clear your mind and relax, walk a little to stretch your body and legs, and most importantly, ensure that you soak in some quality sunlight for better immunity and reduced mental health issues like depression.
Connect with people virtually
Not having the option to go out does not mean that you stop connecting with people.
Today’s technology has gifted us with the power to seamlessly connect and interact with our near and dear ones even when living in opposite parts of the world.
Make regular video calls with your family if you are living far from them, check with your friends from time to time. Just make sure that you stay in contact virtually with everyone who you used to meet earlier.
It will be even better if you contact those people who you were meaning to get in touch with for a long time now.
Lastly, but more importantly, communicate. This is the most important thing you need to do if you are overwhelmed or anxious or are undergoing any kind of feeling due to the ongoing situation.
It does not matter if it is your family or your best friend or even your boss. It is important that you communicate your feelings and make sure that people are aware of what you are going through.
If you find it hard to open up to people, you can always take professional help, as it is one of the most effective ways to get help during these abnormal times.
Getting professional help has become simple and comfortable these days with the advent of Virtual Consultation. Contact us on +91 88-00-644-744 to know more about it or book one.