28 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak in India. Now, this kind of situation is new for most of us, where we have to stay indoors, and this is sure to cause anxiety, worry, fear, or stress in you.
From working professionals stuck in their hostel alone, entrepreneurs staring at the no-work situation in their homes, students looking at uncertain careers at home to homemakers finding the empty nest filled to the brim. The lockdown has taken a toll on everyone’s daily routine which directly or indirectly could take a toll on your mental health. While the situation is frustrating, there are things you can do to make your time at home enjoyable and take care of your mental health.
Reframe “I am stuck inside” to “I can finally focus on my home and myself”
Doing one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude. Set your sights on long-avoided tasks, reorganize, or create something you’ve always wanted to. Approaching this time with a mindset of feeling trapped or stuck will only stress you out more. This is your chance to slow down and focus on yourself.
Keep up your daily routine
Strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety. While this might hard to make work in the beginning, a set routine can help you to feel a little more in control of the situation. Also, keep a To-Do list so you can see you are achieving something.
Staying active not only ensures you keep your body moving, but exercise also helps to reduce stress, boost your energy levels and keep you more alert. A simple stretching or meditating daily can go a long way in lowering the stress levels.
Keep the diet light and well-balanced
Eating a simple balanced diet is very important to only for your physical well-being but also for your mental health. A balanced diet helps you stay active and energised throughout the day. The more colourful your meals are, the more balanced they are in terms of the required nutrients.
Maintain community and social connection
In a situation like this, an overdose of social media is not a good thing. Since social distancing is the norm now, choose your circle of people you want to communicate with wisely. Make sure you have the right support system and these people keep you motivated. Communicate with them freely.
Find an escape in the form of entertainment
Escape from reality for a period every day, in the form of books, films or your favourite TV shows. Use your time at home to finally give that stack of books your attention and delve into a world of storytelling, make the most of online streaming services, tune to your favourite music or learn that new thing that you have been putting aside for a while.
Apart from all this, you can set small targets for yourself that you can try to achieve every day. Successful accomplishment of these targets will keep you motivated and your mind occupied. Reward yourself when you achieve something and push yourself when you don’t.