When I asked for suggestions on what to write for a blog, most of my Instagram followers have asked me to write about how to take care of mental health during the ongoing Corona virus panic.
Okay, first things first, Do you want things to go back to normal? Or let me re-frame my question, how badly do you want things to go back to normal? Very badly, right?!
Now, Totally out of the box, WAS NORMAL EVEN WORKING? I know, we all miss going out, we all miss hanging out with friends and we all miss a lot of aspects of the normal life. BUT, haven’t we all dreamt of working from home? Haven’t we all wished for one more Sunday on a random Sunday evening? I am not going to make lemonade out of the lemons now. It is not a great situation. Being locked down is definitely not something any of us wanted. Is there a better thing to do, given the situation right now, though? No, right?! Isn’t it better that we stay home and be safe rather than getting affected by the Corona virus or being the carrier and infecting other people?
PRACTICE RADICAL ACCEPTANCE
Let me simplify it.
When a difficult or unwanted situations arise, there are a few ways how to deal with it.
- If it can be changed, change it.
- If it can not be changed, may be, we feel sad about it. (It is completely normal to feel so.)
- You are done feeling sad. Now, you have to accept the fact that it is what it is. (This doesn’t mean that you are okay with the situation. It’s just that you made peace with the fact that things are the way they are. This makes you feel centered.)
- Now that you have accepted the situation, find ways to cope.
YOUR EMOTIONS ARE VALID. EMBRACE THEM.
Remind yourself that your emotions are valid. Do not be a victim of toxic positivity! Feeling disappointed, scared or anxious? It’s okay to feel them. Suppressing the emotions or even trying to suppress them only results in more damage. So, accept that you are feeling all these emotions. Remind yourself that the thoughts and emotions come and go. They are NOT permanent. Let them flow.
As a person with peak-level anxiety issues, I have realized that resisting negative emotions does no good.
What can you do to regulate them?
- Grounding – List out 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can smell, 2 things you can touch and 1 thing you can taste.
- Deep belly breathing – When you are anxious, your breaths tend to get shorter and your nervous system goes into survival mode – the fight or flight response gets activated. Everything gets perceived as a threat. So take a few breaths deep from the belly. It helps. Trust me. I have tried these techniques.
- Meditation – Meditation doesn’t mean you sit still and think nothing. The easiest way to meditate is observing your breath – breathing in and out. It’s that simple. Start with one minute of meditation. It’s okay.
- Journaling – Imagine you feel very sad or angry.. What do you do? Vent it out. You vent it out in a journal. Write your feelings down.
- Reach out to friends and family – Call your loved ones and talk to them about how you feel. WE ALL ARE IN THIS TOGETHER.
LIMIT THE CONSUMPTION OF NEWS
You would like to stay up-to-date about the information regarding the Corona virus and the global impact it has. But, do not continuously sit and scroll or watch the news. Schedule it for alternate days. If you don’t feel good talking about the death toll, it is okay to set boundaries with your friends. Tell them that you don’t wish to talk about it right now.
LET’S BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE
If you are reading this blog right now, you definitely have a roof on your head, basic amenities and an internet connection to keep you company. Let’s all take a minute to feel grateful for the things we have. Note down the things you are grateful for, everyday. That improves your overall mood and well-being
Boredom is not a disease. It’s not deadly or dangerous. All that you have to do is find ways to entertain yourself. Learn something new. Learning something new forms new neural pathways in the brain and increases the brain activity. It brings your mood up. Engage in light movement. Get out of that bed and start working out. If you are lazy and prefer to be lazy, that’s fine too. Go binge watch a new series. Do whatever makes you feel better. (Let me know if you guys want me to share ways to escape boredom. I will write another blog about it. I have a list of activities.)
SEEK HELP. REACH OUT TO THERAPISTS OR COUNSELORS.
If you break your leg, will you or will you not reach out for medical help? Sadly, people do not do the same when they are suffering from mental health issues. Mental health or therapy is stigmatized. Please, please, please, do reach out to the mental health care professionals, if you are struggling. That will not make you weak. In fact, you reaching out, is a sign of strength. That shows that you do want to heal. All the therapists are working online to provide help. In case, you need any recommendations, text me. I will help you out. 🙂
LASTLY, STAY HOME. STAY SAFE.
Even though it feels like, we are locked inside a cage, this is for the better. And this is not gonna last long. Please stay home. Take care of your health and be happy.
Need any help. You can reach out to me on my Instagram.
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