As we know, a lockdown was imposed nearly every country across the globe in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. This requires every citizen to stay home for the time being.
Prolonged isolation is bound to affect our mental health.
What can people do to look after their mental health while stuck at home?
Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) discussed the challenges faced in terms of mental and psychological health back in March 26, 2020 as well as taking care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Physical distancing and isolation measures, and the closure of schools and workplaces, are particularly challenging for us, as they affect what we love to do, where we want to be, and who we want to be with,” said Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, in his opening remarks.
He further adds “It is absolutely natural for each of us to feel stress, anxiety, fear, and loneliness during this time. At [the] WHO, we consider effects on our mental health and psychological well-being as being very important consequences of Covid-19.”
As a lot of people are now working from home and children being home-schooled across the world, they aren’t allowed to travel even to nearby streets to visit their friends and family.
As this happens, its increasingly difficult to stay mentally healthy.
Now the question arises, what can individuals as well as a society at large cope with stressors such as anxiety and loneliness?
How can we preserve our mental well-being?
Unique challenges of working from home
It may seem like a dream come true for those working from home as it offers the chance to work in a comfortable, cosy, and familiar environment.
The problem here however, it could bring enforced measure along other sets of challenges.
“While being able to work from home can empower and up-level our working life, if taken to the extreme, we end up being switched on the whole time,” Diggory told MNT.
“In many cases, the boundaries between home life and work life can become blurred, and these boundaries are what enable us to stay healthy and well,” she cautioned.
People may very well work much more than they usually do in their office in an enforced “work from home” situation.
This adds stress, having to attend work assignments and attend to domestic tasks for the family at home.
This no doubt will lead to much longer amount of work hours than usual with the combination of both home life and work life.
“People may fall into a pattern of overworking, a sense or feeling that they ‘should’ be working long hours, to show colleagues that they are being productive, even though no-one can physically see them working,” said Diggory.
From this we can see a gateway leading to anxiety. To remedy this, one can learn and practice relaxation simple relaxation techniques. Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to relax one in times of anxiety.
Other remedies for this could Tai Chi to help calm the body and mind.
In another situation, one can get lonely in this situation. Loneliness is one of the world’s leading factors to a premature death. To combat this, one should maintain social interaction through social media, video calls, phone calls or any other means that allows communication during the lockdown.
Socialising is important to everyone. It makes one feel that they matter.
2nd April 2020 21:00
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