Listen to the podcast here: https://anchor.fm/chirag-barjatya/episodes/CoronaVirus-Lockdown-and-Mental-Health-ebnk5m
1) Dr.Amol Tayade – MBBS , psychologist and medical advisor at nULTA
2) Ankit Mishra – Co-founder of CricTacker , works for a media and digital marketing company
- WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF PEOPLE GETTING LOW ON ENERGY AND DEPRESSION DURING THIS LOCKDOWN ?
– People are habituated to work daily and can’t sit ideal for so many days. This can cause irritation.
– People who are self-employed and involved in business are experiences losses.
– Many huge plans like wedding, vacations got cancelled which may have caused anxiety and sadness.
– There is uncertainty about everything – the duration of lockdown which we all will have to experience, the death numbers due to COVID-19 etc.
– Many events are rescheduled or cancelled, for example, IPL – in which freelancers, content creators, videographers, graphic designers etc could have got a chance to earn but unfortunately didn’t.
– home-makers are stressed out on taking care of their family during this tough time.
- WHAT IS THE FIRST ADVICE THAT EVERYONE NEEDS AT THIS TIME?
– Take care of your physical health – practice yoga, exercise, eat healthy.
– Practice meditation.
– Have a good sleep schedule.
– Take care of your mental health – don’t stress out too much out of need.
- HOW IMPORTANT IS HUMAN INTERACTION AND HUMAN TOUCH ? IS THIS AFFECTING THE MENTAL BEING OF INDIVIDUALS?
– Human interaction is the key to human development and growth.
– In fact, it is a therapeutic tool to the mental being of any individual.
– Since, this human touch is hampered due to the lockdown , we can still be in the state of daily human interactions with friends, family and relatives.
– This is the best time to interact with anyone and everyone you want to.
- HOW TO MANAGE YOUR LOCKDOWN SCHEDULE?
– Your lockdown schedule should be healthy enough.
– It should include :
- Proper sleep – waking up moderately early
- Having good healthy food.
- Interacting with your family
- Keeping in touch with your friends and relatives.
- Playing board games with your family.
- Restarting and giving time to your hobbies.
- Keeping a healthy environment around you in the house.
- IS INDULGING IN PORN AND SEXUAL ACTIVITIES IN FREE TIME CORRECT ?
– Since many porn sites are made free during lockdown, people tend to get involved in it so much in free time that they get a spike in dopamine for which you get addicted.
– Indulging in watching porn is always the wrong decision to spend your time.
– Being sexually active has no harm, in fact it is better than watching porn.
– Another good option to spend time is gaming, not in excess but moderately playing games can be therapeutic.
- WHAT ARE THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY?
– Worrying about minute things
– Sudden changes in sleep pattern
– Worsening of an existent disease you have.
– increased addiction of tobacco, alcohol etc.
- WHAT IS SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS?
– This is a condition in which an individual starts overwhelming about the things directly not related to him/her. This causes mental fatigue and eventually stress.
– For e.g. – Many people watch news and get stressed about the number of deaths due to COVID-19. This is directly not related to them, but they will get stressed about the overall situation and deteriorate their mental health due to this.
– Many people are experiencing this due to the ongoing situation, therefore it is advices to avoid news.
– Any one family member can watch the news once daily and see whether it has anything to worry everyone directly.
- OVERALL TIPS :
- This is the opportunity to improve at many things – personality, body, mind etc.
- Be nice to everyone – maintain a healthy environment around you.
- Exercise in a guided manner.
- Try to be creative. Write, read, draw etc. Give new tasks to your brain.
- Consume only healthy news.
- Sleep well.
- Don’t trust numbers in case of COVID-19, Don’t worry about it. The country has a specialized team for it.
- Stay away from people in general.
- Take care of both your mental and physical being.