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Mental health in lockdown: How to bring down your anxiety

With the second wave of Covid-19 another lockdown has been imposed on us. In some places the government has enforced us, while in other places the lockdown is self-imposed. This, however, is the need of the hour. No matter how much we want to go out, the

Post by on Friday, May 7, 2021

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With the second wave of Covid-19 another lockdown has been imposed on us. In some places the government has enforced us, while in other places the lockdown is self-imposed. This, however, is the need of the hour. No matter how much we want to go out, the right thing to do is probably is just to stay in and stay safe. Even if the lockdown is self-imposed it does not mean that it will not impact your mental health. Staying in isolation for longer periods of time can create a lot of stress, depression and anxiety. It may make you feel lonely and unwanted. With everything negative that you probably are hearing from everywhere the anxiety levels might also be rising. You are tensed about your physical health , emotional support and also financial stability.

We all have started focusing on building immunity and we have started understanding the value of our physical health. There have been turnarounds in diet, workout routines (From no workout to some workout), adding pranayama and deep breathing to our routines and this is all very good.

Maintaining your physical health and building up your immunity is extremely important but we cannot ignore the impact of mental health too. So here are a few tips to help you strengthen your mental health and bring down your anxiety levels.

1.    Maintain a positivity journal: In times when things are going haywire and all you hear from your surroundings is negative news, count your blessings. Write in your journal everything good that happened. It might contain something positive that happened on a personal level or may be a story of something positive happening in the society.

2.   Accept: Don’t fight back what you can’t. We cannot miraculously change the situation so we need to accept it.  Deal with what has come forth in the most efficient manner you can and that is all you need to do.

3.   Reach out to people: Even when connecting physically is not possible at this point of time, thanks to our advanced technology we can still clearly see each other and talk to each other. If you are feeling lonely and are not being able to stay alone , start connecting with your loved ones and old friends. Talk to them. This one pandemic and struggles it brings is connecting each individual.

4.   Take up a hobby: A distraction sometimes is the best remedy. Take up a hobby, something that you love doing, something that can give you a sense of accomplishment even when you feel that nothing good is happening or that the world has stopped moving. When you paint a picture or play a song you would definitely have that sense of accomplishment of creating something new.

5.    Meditate: Give some time to yourself where you can just be at peace . Practice meditation to relax your mind. There is no particular pattern you need to follow. There are various kinds of meditation available(guided, transcendental, vipassana etc. Find what suits you best and follow it to relax your mind. body and spirit.



As we watch the coronavirus pandemic play out on a global scale, it’s easy to feel lonely and  helpless. We are best when we are caring for each other and towards our community. You can make a difference. Even if you’re quarantined at home, there are still many ways to get involved and give back,

1.    Verify, do not forward blindly

During these tough times, when people are taking help and utilizing social media in a very positive way, be a verifier and not a forwarder. Contribute your bit to people who are in need of resources.

2.   Be considerate and thoughtful

In times like these being thoughtful for people you’re surrounded with, makes all the difference in the world. Just one act towards a person indicating that you care is enough.

3.   Forget about anger

Being angry at this point serves no one, rather be empathetic, understand what others are going through. Direct your anger towards helping, not blaming.

4.   Spending time with family

This year has taught everyone not to take even a single moment for granted because you never know what is going to happen next. So, spend your time wisely with the people you love, keep the conversations flowing with your parents, grandparents even if it’s virtual because it’s harder for them.

5.    Help people in need

If you have monetary privilege then you can help people in need, which can include just generously tipping your vegetable vendor and the like.

6.   Donate and Get Vaccinated

Donate your plasma to patients in need if you’ve had covid and recovered, get vaccinated if you’re 18 and above. These can tremendously help in the betterment of the situation.

7.    Stay Indoors

Be a responsible citizen and remain inside. The best thing we can do to help is to not put any extra pressure on an already crumbling medical infrastructure.

Most importantly remember that you’re also helping others by taking good care of your own self, strangely we have FOMO around help, as bizarre as it sounds!

But it is important to realise that help can come in different avatars, while helping others is important right now, do not overburden and take care of yourself!

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