How to keep good mental health during quarantine period?

By Prapoorna M

Last Updated: November 27, 2021

Due to the fast-changing global conditions in the background of the global epidemic Covid-19 outbreak, these never-experienced situations like being quarantined and keeping social distance are being practised as governments are making concerted efforts to fight the spiralling coronavirus all around the world. As is being said by health experts, staying indoors is the best way to prevent the spread of this disease, and the concern for the physical health and mental health of the people should also be taken care of. Opting for online psychological counselling under such circumstances can be an effective solution.

All the famous medical journals are quoting about the psychological impact of this quarantine period that could yield many mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, PTSD, paranoia, schizophrenia etc. in people all the world. When those increasing numbers of positive cases and deaths around the world are creating some kind of unavoidable anxiety in us, our resilience gets easily frayed.

While we try to regain our peace with maximum efforts and positive thinking, our minds are consumed with the effect of corona virus, its impact on the health of our loved ones, friends, society and the fast pace it is spreading all through the world engulfing numerous lives.

How to deal with this?

In order to deal with the psychological issues during this quarantine period, it is necessary to accept the existing conditions. As the situations around are a bit overwhelming, you cannot expect to have the maximum work capacity during this period. Problems like difficulty concentrating, low motivation and a state of distraction are to be expected while working from home. Adaptation to the conditions and the ease of working from home, takes time. Give yourself certain time for this instead of doing self-criticism.

Undergoing through uncertainty, leads to anxiousness and stress that might provoke you to be inclined to certain eating disorders like binge eating or emotional eating. On the other hand, these conditions could disturb your sleep patterns leading to sleeping disorders. Hence it is to be kept in mind that these existing conditions are temporary and this too shall pass in a short period. Meanwhile practicing mindfulness helps you to regulate your eating and sleeping patterns.

Mindful eating helps you to take limited food, which should be nutritious, of course. Regular exercise helps you improve your immune system, regulate your emotions better and bestow you with sound sleep.

Mother and daughter practicing gymnastics
Mother and daughter practicing gymnastics

Identify triggers

Identify what triggers your anxiety and stress leading to emotional disturbances. For instance, if you are highly anxious, you could develop symptoms like headache, nausea, palpitations, shivering, and shortness of breath. Feeling that your anxiousness is escalating and reading or listening to the number of affected Covid-19 patients, especially in your city or locality, could trigger an anxiety attack or maybe a panic attack. Please keep yourself away from these triggers by identifying them.

If the thoughts of what’s going on around the world are bothering you, try to calm yourself down. For this, you may try to practice meditation. Don’t entertain any unnecessary thoughts and try to view them coming and going like a spectator. This practice could help you regain control on your wandering thoughts and escalating anxiety.

Stick to Routine

Maintain certain clear timings for sleeping and waking up, for finishing off your work, for spending time with family and for practicing your hobbies and also sometime for practicing meditation and mindfulness. Sticking to routine helps you get going. Spending some quality time with kids and your family members strengthens the bond between you all and boosts positive thinking. Try gaming, cooking, dancing, and enjoying together. This fosters togetherness and releases the happy hormones like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. This improves your mental health and boosts immunity.

Keep connected and be compassionate

During these times of epidemic outbreak, there are many people in the world suffering the shortage of food and shelter. This is such an emergency that didn’t give people time to get ready and store the essentials. It is our responsibility to help those in need. Showing kind gestures by helping the poor those who suffer from lack of food and shelter during such times of pandemic not only helps them but also benefits us. The feelings of compassion and kindness releases hormones like Dopamine and Progesterone that calms down our mood by reducing the feelings of anxiety and depression.

In case any of your loved ones is suffering from any kind of emotional disturbances during this quarantine period unknowing how to tackle their mental disturbances, never hesitate to call for help. Online psychological counseling helps you to maintain sound mental health. Wellness Hub has a curated team of experienced, non-judgmental and empathetic psychologists that offer you professional services at your convenient time.

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