“Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and can make a contribution to his or her community.” However, these are arduous times. We’re in a lockdown due to the Covid-19 and while it’s getting hard to do something productive with our time, it is also difficult to keep our mental health right in the quarantine. It would be right to say that things in the outer world kept us busy. It was hard to deal with stress but staying at home for this long time is harder. The new certainties of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends, and colleagues take time to get used to. It can be difficult to accept it but problems like anxiety, feelings of loneliness, and low motivation can strike any of us and it’s not easy to handle them ourselves.
What are we dealing with?
We are dealing not with just our loneliness but also stress, anxiety, financial cuts, uncertainty, and lack of motivation. Without any knowledge of what might happen tomorrow, we feel a lack of motivation to complete our daily tasks. All the future plans are canceled and literally every place is shut down.
What is the country dealing with?
The lockdown has struck the country hard. With the number of cases increasing, the working of businesses is decreasing constantly. The economy goes down every day that the country remains in lockdown, and thousands of people are losing their jobs with no idea of what the future holds for them. These are not just hard times, but also scary ones too.
Five ways to maintain your Mental Health during Quarantine
There are a plethora of ways to deal with Mental Health during Quarantine.
The first is to keep ourselves updated with the situation and take all the measures to stay safe. Always wear a mask when you move out, wash your hands regularly, and use sanitizers while out. Try and avoid going out or touch anything outside but also sanitize and wash your shopped things.
Enhance your skills
We can also try on learning something new. Being stuck at home, it’s the best opportunity to gain a new skill and we never know how that skill might come in handy. If you ever wanted to pursue a business then hop on to some amazing courses related to entrepreneurship or maybe singing online classes.
Family time is the best time
Try connecting with your family members, friends, and do things you can do together by staying safe at your homes. Curate new ideas with your family. Just like it is hard for you to deal with the Pandemic, they are also sailing in the same boat. Feel lucky to get plenty of time for your family.
Exercise is a must
Set a routine for yourself to stick to, exercise to let the stress out, but also remember to take days off to pamper yourself with your favorite food and things you love. As important as it is to hustle and keep ourselves occupied, it’s also important that we take some time off to give our body and mind some rest. Take care of your body and skin. Exercise daily and try out those homemade
masks you always wanted to. Start new rituals like doing yoga or baking on weekends.
Books are man’s best friends. They can be the best of companions, even on the worst of days. One can always rely on them for peace. Now when the world is at pause, we can recuperate our reading habits and enlighten ourselves the best way possible.
Yes, it is hard, but it’s hard for all of us. Check up on your loved ones, let people know you’re there, be kind to others and most importantly be kind to yourself. If today gets a little hard, start again tomorrow, you’ve got plenty of time to make things right that didn’t go well. We might not realize it sometimes but its little things like this that can help us get through the toughest times. Make a list of things you have never had the time for because of your busy life, and do them all.