Physical boundaries and lack of mental ventilation have kept us brooding and everything around appears boring. But we tend to forget that these days can be turned into exciting and fruitful by engaging ourselves in interesting stuff. Instead of dwelling on what all you’re missing out, think of this time as an opportunity to re-work on yourself and bring the best out of it. It may be stressful for many of you to stay at home the whole day, which is why Ankhee Gupta a phsychological counsellor and a stress mahangement expert has listed some interesting things for you to joyfully sustain your home quarantine.
Here are a few things to combat confinement- stress and stay mentally stable :
- If the number of death rates, positive cases (about the virus) is taking a toll on your mind, practice ‘gadget distancing’. Use your phone, watch the television, check facts and statistics but maintain a gap by keeping the phone away for a few minutes at intervals- this reduces your anxiety level.
- If you are used to evening walks or gym which is not possible now, resort to exercise, stretching, meditation and yoga at home. These help to secrete endorphins, the ‘happy hormones’.
- There must be a hobby which you might have given up for your busy schedule, this is a wonderful time to revisit them! Engage in productive and creative activities atleast thrice in a week to nurture your mental health.
- Rebuild your social circle. This is the time for verbal interaction with family members and strengthening your immediate circle. It is surely a feel good factor.
- Long working hours and swift weekends! Now is the time for self-care, hair and body care, time to declutter the places you always wanted to! Pull out an old family album or a diary of memories.
- This is the time for prayers, music, self-analysis and care for humanity in general. Things practiced during this time can reap benefits in the future.
Keep following these. Stay home , stay healthy but don’t panic. Just make use of the days you are spending indoors. Physical health care and mental health care will make things easier and better.
(Psychological Counsellor/Stress Management Expert)