While it’s very important to stay home and take all the necessary precautions to fight COVID-19, it’s also crucial to pay attention to both our physical and mental health. Everyone is uncertain and confused about what is going to happen in the next few weeks.  The current situation is likely to increase anxiety and low mood in many which are why it becomes important to take care of mental health needs.

Let’s take a look at how to go about this

1. While we can’t control the situation outside, we can control our reactions and outlook towards the events that can result from the current situation. This is a temporary phase and no matter what, this will pass. 

2. It’s important that we exercise or at least meditate daily. With so much less pollution and noise outside, we would be able to focus more. 

3. Many of us would have undoubtedly wished to have some time off work, wished to have spent some time with family, wished to focus on self. Let’s see this period as an opportunity to work on those wishes. I am very sure, we wouldn’t get this opportunity again. So we might as well grab it. 

4. We can continue to learn things from the internet. It could be cooking, literature, music or language. A lot of information is available on the internet so offline learning can be a very good option. 

5. A few decades ago( even now with most people like me), books use to be many people’s best friend. See if you can develop a hobby of reading. 

6. Stay in touch with friends and families. Social support acts as a protective shield from a low mood. Lastly, please stay indoors. An attitude that this will not affect you, can cost a lot not just to you but also to your family and nation.

Let us all follow the guidelines advised to us by our respective governments.

Santhoshini Datla

I have a post graduate degree in Applied Psychology followed by 4yrs of clinical experience in Indian Naval Hospital Kalyani and NHS United Kingdom. In the last few years, I have been delivering evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression, anxiety and other stress related psychological issues. Psychological well-being is not just mere absence of mental illness but also having good quality of life. There are days when we all feel down, demotivated and lost which is absolutely normal. But if it goes on for a significant period of time and starts affecting your daily life then that it when we need professional help. In psychological therapy I would be helping in making sense of why you feel the way you feel, facilitate you to make better healthier choices, help you learn to think in a way thats more helpful for your mental health and with an overall aim of making clients more independent so much so that they are confident of dealing with challenging situations in the future themselves.