Anshuman Singh Sajwan
Swami Ram Teerth Campus Badshaitahul
Lockdown is meant to prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, to protect ourselves and others. This means, not stepping out of the house except for buying necessities, reducing the number of trips outside, and ideally only a single, healthy family member making the trips when absolutely necessary. Here are some suggestions
Focus on facts, reject rumours and theories
1.Knowledge is power; the more we know about a certain issue, the less fearful we mayfeel. Make sure to access and believe only the most reliable sources of information forself-protection.
2.Do not follow sensational news or social media posts which may impact your mentalstate. Do not spread or share any unverified news or information further.
3.Do not keep discussing all the time about who got sick and how. Instead learn aboutwho got well and recovered.
4.Stick to the known advice- hand hygiene and keeping a physical distance from others. It’s being careful about ourself, and also about care of others.
5.A common cold is not Corona infection. The symptoms of Corona have been welldescribed. Follow etiquette of sneezing, coughing, avoiding spitting in public places etc.
6. In most people, the Corona infection causes mild symptoms and the person only needs to follow social distancing till he/she stops being infective, usually 2 weeks. Mild infection does not require a person to be admitted in hospital. Only people who have breathing difficulties need to be in hospital. Most people recover.
Handling emotional problems
Handling emotional problems
1. At times of anxiety, practice breathing slowly for a few minutes. Try and distance the thoughts that are making us anxious. Think of something calm and serene, and slow down our mind.
2. When feeling angry and irritated, we must calm our mind, counting back from 10 to 1, distracting yourself helps.
3. Even when feeling afraid, deal with it by asking ourself:
a. What is under my control?
b. Am I unnecessarily worrying about the worst thing that can happen?
c. When I have been stressed in the past, how have I managed?
d. What are the things I can do to help myself and be positive?
4. Feeling lonely or sad is also quite common. Stay connected with others. Communication can help you to connect with family and friends. Call up people whom you haven’t spoken to and surprise them. Discuss happy events, common interests, exchange cooking tips, share music.
Don’t be afraid or worried
Suggestions to help us from feeling afraid or worried:
1. Walk through your house when first get home. Check to be sure
everything looks normal.
2. Look in all the places that scar us like when it gets dark, like behind doors and in closets.
3. Be aware of strange noises. Strange noises often can cause us to worry.
If any of these emotions persist continuously for several days, despite our trying to get out of it, talk about it with someone. If the feelings worsen, a person may feel helpless, hopeless and feel that life is not worth living. If that happens, take an advice from a mental health professional or contact a doctor / mental health professional .
2. Do not shun or judge people with a CoVid infection. While to maintain a physical distance and keep ourself safe to prevent such infection, remember they need care and concern. If we know someone who might have the infection, tell them about precautions, and how to get medical assistance, if required.
3. If it happen to get infected with Corona, remember most people get better. Do not panic. Practice self-isolation and take medications that are advised .
Handling Social isolation
Quarantine is a group of peoples who don’t have symptoms but are exposed to sickness. Quarantine keeps people away from other’s contact. It is used during :
3 out break
Isolation serves the same purpose as quarantine, it’s reserved for those who are already sick. It keeps infected people away from healthy people to prevent the sickness from spreading.
Staying at home can be quite nice for some time, but can also be boring and restricting. Here are some ways to keep positive and cheerful.
1.Be busy. Have a regular schedule. Help in doing some of the work at home.
2.Distract yourself from negative emotions by listening to music, reading, watching an entertaining programme on television. If we had old hobbies like painting, gardening or stitching, go back to them. Rediscover them.
3.Eat well and drink plenty of fluids.
4.Be physically active. Do simple indoor exercises that will keep you fit and feeling fit.
5.Sharing is caring. Understand if someone around us needs advice, food or other essentials. Be willing to share.
6.Elderly people may feel confused, lost and need help. Offer them help by getting them what they need, their medicines, daily needs etc.
7.If you have children at home, keep them busy by allowing them to help in the house hold chores – make them feel responsible and acquire new skills.
Just as we can recognise our own mental health problems, we should be sensitive to such problems in our near and dear ones, which may include:
1. Changes in sleep patterns
2. Difficulty in sleeping and concentrating
3. Worsening of health problems etc.