Thumbnail: Panic No More, Seek Help for Mental Health
Are you someone who is feeling negative and stressed out often? Sleepless nights, lazy days and grumpy mornings are becoming normal in the time of the new normal, for you? It is now more than ever vital to be cautious about your mental health.
How to take care of your mental health while staying indoors?
Lockdown was alien then and therefore, dealing with it was tough. But this time around the scenario is quite different. Things are prepared and panic is resolved with proper solutions. If you are someone staying indoors and working out of bed or someone recovering from COVID-19 then here is few things that might help you.
-First and foremost, create a routine! It will help you to sort out your daily chores in a better and effective way. Also, a routine will constantly remind you to do things that you would have usually done, even on normal days.
-Don’t work out of your bed, create a space that is separate from your personal space. Like that you would be able to maintain discipline in your work and personal life.
Focus on your hobbies. That long lost desire to learn an instrument or software would also help the mind in staying busy.
Eat healthily and eat on time. A well-balanced diet is a must to stay sane and it is very important to boost your immunity now.
-Have foods that are good for your brain. Like dark chocolate helps in improving blood circulation in the brain. Chamomile tea is refreshing and can calm you down a little bit.
A good sleep routine is a must. Oversleeping or just not sleeping at all is also bad for your physical and mental health.
Keep your hydrated. Indulge in seasonal fruits and fresh veggies.
You must do some kind of exercise.
Breathing exercises or yoga asana are beneficial and very essential if you are healing from COVID-19.
Ensure you are taking, proper breaks and slowing down your usual fast-paced life a little.
Detox from things that are making you feel anxious or stressed.
Aso, communicate your feeling! Talk to relatives, friends, family and be in touch!
Slow down and pause! Gratification can help in feeling positive again.
Government Programmes, Helpline Nos-
Communication is the key. While dealing with mental stress, one might get disconnected or might shut him/herself down to the world. It is very important to seek help and stay connected. To help with this, the government has launched MANAS, which stands for Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System. It is a mobile app developed by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru that is meant to focus on promoting mental wellbeing among the 15-35 years age group.
Apart from that, you can any day consult a therapist. Gone are the days, when mental health was considered a stigma in society. The government have always been vocal about taking care of one’s mental health as much as physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People on social media are coming together to join hands and uplift each other. Staying connected virtually is the only and the best option to help yourself and others in getting solutions for the issues.
There are many verified mental health portals for people who cannot afford therapy. You can call the helpline number- #080-46110007 i.e. by The national institute of mental health and neurosciences for psycho social support
-The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched a 24/7 toll-free helpline to support people dealing with mental health issues like anxiety, stress, depression, suicidal thoughts and others.
-Manodarpan provides psychosocial support to students, family members and teachers for their mental health and well-being during COVID-19. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
So, let’s come together and help each other in this fight against COVID-19. Always remember to seek help when in need!