Coronavirus has given us time to introspect. USE IT WELL
“What goes around comes around. We all have to deal with the eventualities of our extreme actions.”
The lockdown period due to COVID-19 outbreak has given us time. Time to slow down. Time to breathe in and take life in. Time to shut down. Time to restart. And most importantly, time to be able to introspect, and self-reflect,on our actions, on our health and on our lifestyle.
Caught in a chaotic, frenzied spiral of a new addiction, people have been chasing money, power, success and a wilder, faster pace of life. Just like any addiction, people have been out of control in their behaviours, feelings and thinking, yet they believe they are normal.
The emergence of the novel coronavirus has left the world in turmoil. COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, has reached virtually every corner of the world, with the number of cases exceeding a million and the number of deaths more than 82,000 worldwide. It is a situation that will affect us all in one way or another.
The imposition of lockdowns, limitations of movement, the closure of borders and other measures to contain the virus, hasn’tjust disrupted how our lives work, it has disrupted how our minds work.
The lockdown is inevitable but can be turned into a real blessing in disguise. When you have the privilege to halt and pause, be grateful for it. Detox yourself of all the external elements that would usually affect you. Take a break from checking on your social media accounts and take this time to be alone with yourself.
In our fast-paced daily life and in our pursuit of success and better life we hardly ever had the time to sit back and focus on our mental health.
Captain Dr. Asif Iqbal Ahmed, Sr Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder PsyCare says, “Most of us ignore the emotional messages that tell us something is wrong and try toughing it out by distracting ourselves or self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, or self-destructive behaviour. Some of us bottle up our problems in the hope that others won’t notice. We hope that our situation will eventually improve on its own. Or we simply give up—telling ourselves this is ‘just the way we are’.”
“The good news is: you don’t have to feel bad”, adds Ms Namrata Upadhyay, Sr. Clinical Psychologist at PsyCare. She further adds, “There are practices you can adopt to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. But just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, so it is with mental health. We have to work harder these days to ensure strong mental health, simply because there are so many ways that life takes a toll on our emotional well-being.”
The things we can do are:
- Focus more on health and a healthy lifestyle
- Make social connection a priority
- Staying active and exercise regularly
- Learn how to keep your stress levels in check
- Eat a healthy diet to support strong mental health
- Don’t skimp on sleep—it matters more than you think
- Find purpose and meaning in life
- Seek professional help
For support with grief, anxiety, or mental well-being, you can call us on 011-40190801 or WhatsApp us on 8527859899, or you can access online consultation with our psychologists and psychiatrists through our PsyCare Mobile App available free on Play Store and App Store.
You finally have the chance to be alone with yourself, look deep within you. Self-reflection is one of the most important conversations that you will have in your life. Your relationship with yourself is the longest one you will ever have so you must be comfortable in always calibrating your principles, behaviours, attitudeand the way you live your life.
The Coronavirus outbreak and these lockdowns will change the way we see and live life. The habits of a lifetime will change. We are all together in it. And all of us will come out of it – changed.