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Mental Health and Coronavirus disease (COVID19)

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Mental Health and Coronavirus disease (COVID19)

Astha Sharma

As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is generating degree of fear, worry and concern among all with underlying health conditions. COVID-19 has changed daily life in unprecedented ways. However, this time of
crisis is generating psychological impact such as- stress or anxiety throughout the population.

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Many of us are staying at home and doing less in terms of social interactions and exercise. Also, new measures and impacts are introduced – especially during this quarantine, it impact on many people’s usual activities, routines or livelihood. Level of loneliness, self-harm or suicidal behavior are also expected to rise. The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment , lack of physical contact with others family members, friends and colleagues take time to get used to and might seems unusual which may leads towards psychological imbalance.

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Making sure that you take care of your mental health is vital.

There are lots of things we can do to look after our mental health as-

  • Stick with daily routines as far as possible, or make new ones.
  • Seek information only from trusted sources at specific time.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol or don’t drink at all. Avoid using them as the way of dealing with fear, boredom, anxiety and social isolation.
  • Enjoy your hobbies. Take time to engage in relaxing activities like, reading a book, cooking a nice meal, or doing something creative like painting knitting.
  • Take a few regular break from your chores or onscreen tasks.
  • Find opportunities to share and amplify positive and hopeful stories.
  • Stay connected and stay in touch with your family, friends and relatives you haven’t spoken to in a while and be able to lean on each other for emotional support.
  • Consider some stretches or yoga or engaging in a short mindfulness activities.
  • Take opportunities online or through your community to thank your country’s health care workers and all those working to respond COVID-19.

Astha Sharma, BPH 7th semester, Pokhara University, [email protected]


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