We Indians are celebrating our 74th Independence Day today, even as the spirit of patriotism soars high in all our hearts. India has faced several challenges, even after independence and we emerged victorious every time.
This year particularly has been quite challenging, with COVID-19 rearing its ugly head and even today a majority of states are still under lockdown. With uncertainties looming large on the employment opportunities, fear of health, future prospects and working from home becoming a new normal, many of us are battling various psychiatric issues.
Over the course of the past five months, several doctors have reported a rise in patients battling mental health issues, be it depression, anxiety, erratic mood swings, bipolar characteristics or heightened tension, worry and nervousness. The primary reasons being difficulty in balancing work pressures and mundane chores, cooped up within the house, while simultaneously having to deal with kids, teenagers, elderly or even lonely environments quite often.
Agreed that having to handle numerous responsibilities and constantly multitasking is no easy feat and ultimately, negatively influences the mind. Added to that, there still exists a prominent stigma associated with mental disorders in our society, besides the looming uncertainty over when we can all go back to leading our usual normal lives again.
Nevertheless, fret not. Cultivate some constructive habits and develop an optimistic outlook about the future. Do not hesitate to seek help from physicians, medical experts, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, whether you are merely facing stressful scenarios, or encountering serious trouble with your mental wellness. Also Read: Independence Day: Do Not Let These 5 Chronic Conditions Curtail Your Freedom
Here are some basic guidelines, which will assist in healing mental and emotional distress, during this tough phase of lockdown.
5 Effective Tips To Lower Stress Levels And Calm The Mind:
Self-Care And Kindness
The most important value to inculcate amidst challenging circumstances of stringent lockdowns, chaotic households, irregular sleep cycles and demanding professional commitments, is to love yourself for, quite simply, the genuine person that you are. Accepting your external appearance, personality traits and not being too hard on yourself helps in elevating brain functions, making rational life decisions and dealing with failures of any kind in a mature manner.
Positive Support System
As much as it is vital to be compassionate to your own self, it is equally crucial to choose trustworthy people as part of your exclusive inner circle of well-wishers. Be it parents, siblings, a childhood buddy or a long-term colleague, in times of emotional turmoil, such dependable friends, family members will not only provide a shoulder for you to cry on, but also encourage you and provide valuable guidance for all your endeavours.
Grateful Humble Attitude
Gratitude is indeed a virtue, especially in present days of having to mostly stay indoors. While it is alright to complain about having to forego summer vacations with loved ones, not being able to host parties for pals, or even dine at a fancy restaurant in the neighbourhood, you must also remember to count your blessings. Cherish the small things in life, like a home-cooked meal with kith and kin, for enriched mental wellbeing.
Holistic Fit Lifestyle
Steer clear of junk food, consume a wholesome diet comprising essential nutrients, with nourishing fluids for ample hydration. Taking all necessary safety precautions of social distancing, frequent handwashing and carrying a hand sanitizer, make it a point to engage in 30 minutes of brisk physical exercise on a daily basis. Performing yoga asanas and focused meditation in a breezy corner at home or in an open verandah promotes an active body and a sound mind. Also Read: Modern Meditation Techniques For Mental And Emotional Well-Being
Break From Routine
Burnout is becoming a rampant issue nowadays, due to an overload of projects, deadlines on employees, from their offices. As this invariably leads to physical, mental and emotional fatigue, consciously interrupting tedious schedules at work is the need of the hour, to provide respite from extreme monotony. Start a garden in your balcony, listen to music, dance, undertake creative pursuits like painting, crafts. Just rest, relax, unwind, to refresh and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.