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Managing Anxiety, Stress and Isolation During Lockdown

Managing anxiety stress and isolation in lockdown

The sudden and unprecedented onslaught of the pandemic and the lockdown has affected all of us in different ways. The travel bans, panic over possible food scarcity, health issues and other uncertainties has got our minds in a tizzy and it's important that we do not allow it to spiral upward and cause us more mental and possibly physical harm. 

Here are a few ways we can ensure we come out of this stable and as normal and healthy as possible -

  • Try to maintain your pre-pandemic routines; be it house cleaning, laundry, exercise, and the like. Go to bed and wake up at the same time. Dress up as you would if you were stepping out. Do not remain in your night clothes or pajamas. It's very temping to get lethargic and though this might happen at times, remember to get back on track. 
  • Keep your mind occupied on interesting things and avoid thinking that you are stuck and alone and isolated. Remember that you are not the only one in this. The whole world is going through it. Try to change your thoughts to - "finally I can focus on my family and myself , or I can focus on myself and my home, or Finally I can get some gardening done". Make the most of this time that we have. 
  • Keep your home surroundings clutter free and clean. If you have family, get them involved. Clean surroundings will help you feel better too.
  • Limit media time , especially following news on the pandemic. 
  • Set yourself a Lockdown routine and do all the things you've been meaning to do but did'nt have the time earlier. Read that book, write that book, paint, knit, crochet, cook, start a blog. There are a zillion things you can involve yourself with.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family. Theres so many ways to do that online now. Organise a Tea party or a craft party and get together on the virtual platform. You'll be surprised to see more people joining now than before, and it's a lot of fun.

 

What happens after ?

This will be our new normal for awhile till the pandemic eases. But we, as human beings , always adjust and keep moving. Hence maintaining a routine and following it properly is important for now and also for when we move forward after the pandemic. 

 

Below are a few resources that maybe of use - 

Helpful phone numbers in these times

COVID-19 - what mental health experts are saying

Online Help

Keeping Mind and body fit through these times

 

 

 

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