Stuck in the middle of a crisis, India, at this moment, is battling a super virus that has already killed thousands in various countries. This virus that attacks the lungs and respiratory organs goes by the name of Corona/COVID-19 and finds its roots in Wuhan, China. Its far reach and widespread is causing severe panic, stress, fear, and anxiety.
Although the symptoms (such as cold, cough, fever, sore throat, etc) of the virus are very common to the regular flu or common cold like ailments, there is another aspect of it that is being ignored, OUR MENTAL HEALTH. Seeing the growing number of cases and how badly Covid 19 is impacting the health of people everyone is getting worried and scared. As the symptoms of coronavirus are alike normal cold or cough, people are getting panic if they have normal flu also because everyone thinks first is, ohh is it coronavirus?
People are getting affected mentally by coronavirus because of staying home. According to Dr. R.K Suri people can’t stop thinking about this virus and due to which they are getting anxiety and fear.
Some of the common issues that might stem from a crisis like this are:
Our team of best psychologists in Delhi and health care professionals have recommended people to check on their hygiene and a timely washing of hands for one minute. WHO has also released the technique of how one must wash their hands? During daily online sessions, we observe fear, anxiety, loneliness, and restless in people due to this pandemic says Dr. R.K Suri. People say that they keep on washing hands following the instructions after doing each and every task and that is making them feel like they are going crazy.
Additionally, social distancing is yet another major way of fighting the disease but it also causes feelings of being away from our near and dear ones. People’s time in quarantine is no less tough. There is a fear of contamination running in most people’s veins. The need to stay clean and the fear of running out of necessities has led people to hoard every big and small thing.
The inability to secure enough for desperate times gives yet another headache and stress to the common man.
All these habits, the excessive fear of being contaminated, the unnecessary washing of hands, and the hoarding indicate towards obsessions and compulsions.
But what should you do?
Well, for starters, be a responsible citizen, of course, that is a must. Also, avoid believing or being the source of rumors. This is the best time to distance yourself from everything and introspect, rediscover your hobbies, spend time with your family, spend time with yourself.
Give your mind and soul the nourishment; it had been deprived off since ages.
If at all you do not want your mental health to deteriorate, make the best use of this quarantine by feeding your brain what it had been longing for- some peace!