We hear a lot of news about the effect of the pandemic on the economy, businesses, corporate world’s, and the environment. However, a crucial element that isn’t being spoken about is the effect that the pandemic is having on everyone’s mental health.
While the recession in the economy may be a more popular term, the impact of the social recession is also incredibly pertinent. In brief, social recession refers to a decrease in the civil and mental well being of a population.
This is precisely what we all are feeling with the anxiety and tension around us, the ineptitude to practice our freedom, being deprived of the outdoors, etc.
Thus, here are 6 tips on how you can make the most of your time and direct your energies into something productive.
1. Acknowledge the emotions that you’re going through.
We may feel anxious, sad, upset, hopeless and frustrated, all at the same instant, at a time like this. The first step to feeling better is to accept what you’re feeling. Once you accept your emotions, it’s a step closer to recovery because you know what the issue is. After ascertaining that you are feeling demoralized, for instance, the next step is to verify the reason for it. As you dig deeper into the rationale of your emotion, you will know the reason and then can behave accordingly.
2. Find a beneficial outlet for your emotions.
If the first step is to acknowledge, then the second and the most vital one is to let these emotions out. Shutting that emotion inside can literally make the problem worse. Accordingly, find an imaginative, creative or productive way to allow your emotions out. If you’re feeling unoccupied or empty, try noting it down. You could also attempt painting something. Another suggestion could be to just chat with someone about what you’re experiencing.
3. Take some moments out for yourself in a day.
Most of us have been living with our families or partners during this lockdown, and with everyone at home, it’s extremely hard to get some personal time, and that can lead to some level of discomfort. That’s why taking some “me” downtime is essential. This time would just be about focusing on yourself. You could choose to do whatever you want in this rest time, like cooking, listening to music, reading a book, etc.
4. Simulate your routine inside the house.
It is understandable that our actual routines have gone for a toss and there is a disturbance in our normality. One way to reclaim it can be attempting to bring back as largely of your old routine as practical. Try waking up at the same time as you would leave for office/school, get dressed appropriately, and recreate a suitable workspace in a corner of your house.
5. Take a break from anxiety-inducing news.
We watch or listen to bad news every day in the morning nowadays, and that can be mentally taxing. You don’t have to be in the loop at all times. It’s alright to take a break from keeping up with the news if it makes you anxious or stressed. It doesn’t mean that you care less, or you’re irresponsible, it just means that you’re looking out for yourself, and that’s alright.
6. Maintain a healthy sleep routine.
A lot of people have been suffering from lack of sleep during the lockdown. This can happen due to the anxiety and apprehension encircling us. In order to get better sleep, you need something known as sleep hygiene. Firstly, solely go to your bed when you have to lie down there and nap. It will instantly give the mind a signal to unwind when you lie down on the bed. Avoid eating or working there. Secondly, keep your electronic appliances aside to avoid discomfort, at least half an hour prior to sleeping.
In case you feel the need to reach out to someone, you should seek professional help, there are helplines available for psychiatrists and psychologists amid the lockdown
By Yukta Baid