Byline By- Aaliya Sultana
Majority of India’s population is fighting the pandemic and during these harsh times, one may end up neglecting their mental health. It is important to look after physical health and as well as mental health. Looking after mental and physical health will give long term benefits even after recovering from covid-19 or during the time when one is infected and is being treated for the same. Mental health plays a crucial role in making some positive changes.
Experts says that the outbreak of information and as well as misinformation related to covid 19 can be a contributing factor in the rise of anxiety and fear.
Even stigmatisation of a human affected by the virus and misconceptions can take a real toll on the mental health of that individual and everyone around them.So, the question is that how one can look after their mental health being. Here are some ways how one can look after their mental health being during the pandemic, covid-19 treatment, and post covid-19 as well.
The answer starts with the food one is taking, the more healthy and nutritious food is being consumed, the more one can boost their immune system. Secondly, keep in mind that getting anxiety is completely normal and fact check the information from official platforms like World Health Organisation. Reach out to someone and talk about your feelings. Online Counselling is a great way to deal with your feelings and anxiety through professional means.
According to WHO, one should set a time to check the updates on #COVID19 as constantly being exposed to information will result in more anxiety and fear which will create a negative feeling and one can end up feeling upset.
Another way can be through distracting yourself and enjoying doing the things you love and exposing yourself to activities like painting, reading, and journaling and keep talking to your loved ones through calls, video calls and texting. Make sure that you do not overburden yourself. Work is important but taking breaks from time to time and focusing on yourself will act as a great way to look after your mental health. Physical activities like dancing and walking at home can work as well. In a distressed time like this, being there for one another can help you remember that we are all in this together.
In the end, Mental health is as important as physical health as they go hand in hand. A good mental health will always work as an umbrella for a speedy recovery. During this, remember to be kind to one another and yourself as well. As Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says “Good mental health is absolutely fundamental to overall health and well-being” is a statement that holds volume and meaning, especially in the current time.