“Mental Note: There is a fine line between being informed and overload. Please mind your mind too.”

It has been months into the lockdown and the public stress has never been so high. When will this end? What if I get infected? What will happen to our Jobs and businesses? Is it indeed the end of the world? Questions such as these are all over the internet and in everyone’s minds. Staying confined to a place for longer durations has its own repercussions on the body and mind.

In a lockdown, the mind tends to get tired. With uncertainties and false stories floating around, the mind tends to start to Overthinking. The silver- lining in this situation is that – YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS, WE ALL ARE TOGETHER IN THIS AND WE ALL WILL GET THROUGH IT!

Buddha had once said, “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” Overthinking is nothing but a destructive thought pattern that only you can break. Like all bad habits, however, rising above overthinking can be challenging. You will need determination and self-awareness to take the reins back from your negative thoughts and let your positive emotions take over.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.

  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.

  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

  • Worsening of chronic health problems.

  • Worsening of mental health conditions.

“You must teach your heart to accept what cannot be changed”. It is such a simple one-sentence intention. However, we all know, it is such a difficult practice. Moreover, while it may sound altruistic; to be stubborn that you want to change the unchangeable, context and self-awareness matters a lot in this situation. Are you trying to change the situation? Or are you trying to change your feelings towards a situation?- Think about it!!!

Acceptance is not the defeat. Acceptance is both a tool and a strategy to move forward.

Here are few tips who can use to reduce your anxiety during a lockdown like situation:

  • Limit how much information you consume about the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Take frequent breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media.

  • Make time to unwind and try to pursue one of your old lost hobby. DO IT, it is the TIME.

  • Take care of your body

  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced diets

  • Exercise regularly

  • Get plenty of sleep in a proper schedule

  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.

  • Connect with others- be it your parents, family or friends. Try to talk with people who are concerned about how you are feeling.

  • Take care of your emotional and mental health.

  • And most importantly, if you feel like you are going into a downward spiral, seek professional medical help.

Never forget- “Every moment is a fresh beginning”

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