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MANAGING MENTAL STRESS AND DEPRESSION DURING LOCKDOWN

 Hearing and witnessing the spread of COVID-19 through various sources of information is a difficult moment and a crisis to the whole universe. Almost each individual suffers experienced mental disturbances such as stress, depression, anxiety, and fear. The situation makes all of us to be anxious, even make to think irrelevant due to the panic.

            The government declared the lockdown to prevent the spread of the infection from one person to another by maintaining social distancing i.e. by not gathering in a crowded place, in case there is a need of buying the necessities and during medical emergency we should make sure to follow the protocols and precautions as prescribed by the government.

           Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from threat circumstances. Stress makes a person to:

  • Lose concentration
  • Not stable at one place
  • Be angry at all time
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Tensed, worry
  • Unrealistic thoughts
  • Gloomy and cry

            Depression is a state of mental condition characterised by feelings of severe despondency or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. Depression makes a person to be:

  • Having difficulty and confusion  in accessing the basic needs and necessities
  • Fear about the spread of COVID-19 and how it may affect their loved ones
  • Insecure of their finances
  • Withdrawal behaviour due to social isolation
  • Experienced a great sense of helplessness and hopelessness about the future

We can overcome stress and depression by:

  • Watching television – we can reduce the length of the day by spending time in watching television with entertaining programmes. This way it can help us to reduce the burden of lockdown and fear.
  • Socialising – lockdown gives us plenty of time to engage ourselves in talking and discussing with our friends and family members, this way it will help us to capture the positive vibes and stay hopeful.
  • Playing games – games can be fun and energetic. It helps us to be physically active and mentally captured because it requires concentration.
  • Develop a hobby – for a person who is having a busy schedule it is now a time to create and develop a hobby such as reading books, writing, art work according to their choice and abilities.
  • Exercises – exercises are healthy habits, they can be in the form of warm-up exercises, yoga and meditation. They help us to ventilate or eliminate the negative thoughts and help us on focussing and concentration.
  • Sleep routine – sleep and diet are an important element that we should prioritize. They can keep our emotions in control.

      We should remember that we can overcome stress and depression together through positive habits and to keep in mind that all of us were in the same situation. When there is a need of medical emergency, it is not advice to self medicates but instead there are health professionals that are providing help trough online platforms such as clinical psychiatrists and psychologists, psychologist counsellors who are ready to help and spend a moment to hear the needy. They are ready to listen to the problems and can reduce the mental emotions encountered by the people during this difficult time.

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