Specialized mental health tips, pros and cons to follow during quarantine

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Keep your mental state fighting in shape, just as you would your body

Don’t let your mental health take a hit during these difficult times

With uncertainty about the future and sadness about the present, a person’s mood can be impacted during the Coronavirus quarantine. While the spotlight is currently on health and hygiene, let’s not forget about mental health. Isolation and social detachment are the current scenario, which can have vast effects such as anxiety, restlessness, lethargy and stress. Many are experiencing these symptoms, but may not even know it.

Dr. MS Dharmendra, Psychiatry Consultant in Fortis Bangalore, who also consults with Practo to share his mental health experience during this difficult period and the pros and cons to follow.

8 reasons why people are stressed during quarantine

1. Boredom

2. Extensive exposure to information related to COVID-19

3. Weak demarcation of the work-life balance

4. Limitation of leisure activities

5. Limited options in the usual routine

6. Fear of infection leading to compulsive cleaning rituals

7. Uncertainty about the future in relation to the main fronts, such as employment, finances and family welfare

8. Lack of personal space

Mental health pros and cons to follow during the During The Lockdown

1. Acknowledge suffering

Allow yourself to recognize the anguish you are feeling at this moment of turbulence.

2. Practice mindfulness

Focus on today and the present, instead of the future and what tomorrow holds.

3. Maintain physical and psychological hygiene.

You can do this by maintaining your regular sleep cycle, taking care of your face and body, eating nutritious foods and following a healthy diet.

3. Practice social and non-emotional detachment

Stay connected to your friends, family and loved ones via digital media, such as video calls.

4. Interact with the family

Use the time to participate in group activities with family members, such as indoor games, movie nights and cooking together on weekends.

5. Share responsibly

Practice a fair division of household responsibilities among family members, so that everyone participates.

6. Keep it clear

Ensure transparent communication of work requirements, schedules and expectations with colleagues and bosses and cooperate with each other to make it a reality.

7. Stay active

Keep sweating, building an internal physical routine and participating in hobbies that you wouldn’t otherwise have.

8. Define limits

Clearly mark working hours and non-working hours and clearly draw the lines between them.

9. Avoid panic

Nothing good comes from that. Just relax and stay in the present.

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