It’s going to be nearly an entire month and many of us are into our homes, with strict curtailment on movement. And it’s likely that this quarantine may continue till the city can stop the spread of the virus.

During the quarantine phase, the movement has been restricted of adults and children to protect non-sick from coming into contact with the infected. Having our normal lives totally changed and with a severe limit to one’s freedom or schedule, it is natural for your body to go through psychological changes and mental apprehensions may develop.

Some common changes in our body may be:

  • Boredom, anger, insecurity and severe anxiety, constant worry about the future.
  • Changes in eating habits and confusion
  • Counterphobia reactions
  • Difficulty concentrating, Lethargy and Exhaustion
  • Emotional exhaustion, Irritation, and Frustration
  • Helplessness or Hopelessness or Numbness
  • Impaired functioning
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Overuse of drugs, alcohol, resorting to the short remedy of substance abuse
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Sadness and despair, Somatic experiences, Stigma concerns

With abruptions in our timetable, working/studying from home, we may develop the paranoia of the future, questioning the stability of jobs, loss of income, collapse of economy and apprehension of coping with normal life again. Moreover, the desperation in such a situation is we cannot even offer much help or visit even our loved and dear ones in trouble.

Making your mind build that resilience to sail through during quarantine requires a lot of mental effort and healing. If you feel that you are depressed and having a lot of negative thoughts hovering around you, it is time to come out of this ripple effect and stabilize your mind with affirmative thoughts. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Have a contingency plan in Place-Plan B.  You need to carefully chart out your budget, stock the necessary supplies and basic necessities for your family. Such planned and cautioned measures will curtail the panic mode giving you the confidence to manage through.
  • Limit media especially if you tend to take things too personally or are those sensitive types. While it’s vital to stay informed as we move through COVID19, you may be overwhelmed with the devastating news. Death and misery stories use the fear-based approach that can intensify feelings of hopelessness and despair when you live with depression. Instead, switch off the TV and read some motivational audiobooks, or some inspirational movies, listen to soothing music, to divert your mind to positive thinking and optimistic min-set.
  • Get active and involve in activities. When you were that office going type, sudden staying at home can feel restrictive and restless. You can begin to experience boredom in your monotonous agenda. Engage yourself in some cleaning and reorganizing, self-care treatments, like a long aromatic bath or a hot refreshing steam shower, meditate or try some yoga, cook up a satvik or a cleansing drink. Changing the focus of your days will stimulate your mind, body, and soul and help alleviate depressive mood swings. Remove those unwanted thoughts “I am stuck at home”, rather replace them “ I am safe at home, blessed and healthy”. No matter the darkest of days, the sun will rise and the rainbow will show up …Things will get better with time, I can cope and Life is bringing a new outlook.
  • Make sure to have enough rest and sleep to recharge and refurbish your body & mind. During phases of depression, you need to plan your self-care treatment, making it a top priority. Be kind to yourself and no need to exert any mental pressure. Healing is a matter of time and patience and you need to develop that much need courage to come out of all situations in life and emerge stronger than before.
  • Connect with family and friends virtually, share your feeling with someone you trust and unburden yourself. Live freely, live a worry-free life, no amount of worry or anxiety can change the future.
  • Finally, if you’re are still facing a challenging time during quarantine, do not hesitate to contact or connect with a mental health professional or a psychologist. Avail the benefit of virtual therapy sessions and proper medications to help you move through this crisis. When it comes to taking medication, consider the option to fetch prescriptions on the home delivery services that most pharmacies offer.
    Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay kind.

Althaf Ali & Alvina Clara