The spread of COVID-19 has made us all go to quarantine. The global epidemic has affected all of us in one way or another. What was a dream to us (to stay hours in a room with no work to do) is irritating us now. Staying in quarantine for long hours is making all of us bored. There is no social interaction except on social media plats and all of us have been isolated in our homes.
The coronavirus has hit us all badly. Millions of people are getting infected and thousands of deaths across the world. Currently, no cure has been found for the coronavirus. Even the strongest countries like the United States and France have been affected badly in this global epidemic.
The World Health Organization has repeatedly warned people to wears masks if they step outside, stay indoors, wear masks and practice social distancing. The pet lovers are worried if the “coronavirus in dogs” or “coronavirus in cats” could be a possibility? The answer is not an absolute no, as the virus can affect any creature today.
But life cannot stop. One has to buy products to survive in their homes even if they stay inside in quarantine. So, how long does coronavirus last? As reported by WHO, the COVID-19 can last for hours on an object (but a certain stipulated time has not been confirmed), The incubation period for the virus can range up to two weeks though.
When the quarantine week started everyone thought that it is going to be fun! Everyone has plans on how they are going to binge-watch that they had kept postponing for the last few months, or how it is finally their peacetime. Even specialists have told, that the quarantine mode will have a major on the mental health of the common masses on everyone. Work from home has been implemented in the offices of small companies to major multi-national companies. Hotline number has been published in the states of all the country for the mental health crisis. Let us now know how the quarantine is having a psychological impact on our minds and how to protect your mental health in this quarantine?
How It Is Affecting All Of Us Mentally?
The quarantine has made us all stay indoors not for hours but almost a month now. It has been days since many of us have met our friends, acquaintances, or our loved ones. There are times you need a touch or a hug but there’s no one around. The quarantine and the social distancing has limited interaction to chats over social media networking sites.
Studies have been conducted on how the quarantine is affecting us on the inside of our brain? Getting quarantined in our homes has made all of feeling depressed. Companies have installed systems that can make us work from home, but there’s no one now to gossip with over a cup of coffee. Our daily routines have changed entirely and our new work uniforms are our pyjamas! The quarantine mode is now making people stressed and depressed due to isolation.
Daily news is being broadcasted on our television which shows how the number of death cases is rising each day. It is a scary world out there and it even feels illegal to go outside. All of this can wreck up our mental health and for those who are living alone, it can be quite torturous!
The youth might be facing issues such as anger and irritation because this generation likes to stay connected by actually stepping outside. Simple steps can help you stay calm. If someone is facing chronic mental issues they should immediately contact the psychosocial services.
How to Protect Your Mental Health?
Together we can beat coronavirus and fight it! Even if you are in lockdown inside your house, some ways can help the damage to stay away. One can take simple steps to boost your mental health towards a happy side! Here are some ways we will mention in this article that will surely help you.
1. The Quarantine Netflix
You had that Netflix account in your laptop for a long time, but more than your family kids have been taking advantage of it! Or you already have a list made of what series you have been wanting to watch all this time but some of the projects spring up and you never got time for it.
Now is the time you go for watching it. Binge-watch all the series that have been on you “to-do” list or just rewatch your favourite ones. One of the best series to calm your mind can be FRIENDS or Stranger Things. Anything that gives you chills or keeps you happy or suits you. You can even connect with all your friends and maybe decide on a series together.
2. Stay clear of the rumors
WhatsApp or the internet overall is the hub to juicy fake news and rumors everywhere. Avoid all those forward texts that you have been getting through your friends or relatives even. Go to the World Health Organization page to confirm which news is a fact or the myth.
There have been rumors such as “alcohol can protect you from coronavirus” or “the coronavirus dies in hot temperatures”. Evidence has been shared on the World Health Organization’s page busting a huge amount of myths that have been spreading false news on the internet. Don’t believe everything that the internet tells you.
3. Connect with people
You are inside your house doesn’t mean you have to stop talking to people entirely. Go hang out in the balcony and get to know your neighbour. Talk to them as you practice social distancing too. Wear masks if you need to step out. And wash your hands when you come back inside.
Also, catch up with those old high school friends or your colleagues in another department that you don’t often talk to. Connect with lots and lots of people. Do video calls if you miss your best friends’ faces. Play games or gossip.
4. Learn a new skill
You don’t always need to step outside to learn a new skill. Get that old guitar out that is covered with dust and has been in your cupboard. String some chords and learn a few songs through the internet. Or you can even learn how to do software development, or learn PYTHON.
There is some much to learn and so much knowledge on the internet that you will be surprised to know how much you are missing, Read every day. There are a lot of books on the internet. Learn about people’s lives. Read autobiographies. Learn a new language even! There are apps such as Duolingo that will help you learn a new language for free.
Meditation brings peace to the mind and body. In this quarantine when you are under the complete lockdown, meditate with your eyes closed for a few minutes. Repeat a word such as “Om” that soothes your mind.
You will be surprised to learn how much meditation can help you stay relaxed and even help you concentrate on your work.
All one does in quarantine is eating, sleeping and sitting. Walk around your house. You are not going to discover new corners but don’t make your body go stiff. Exercise as much as you want. Sitting around and eating all day can make you gain a lot of fat.
Exercise for 45 minutes each day and who knows, you might surprise everyone back at work with your new body even? There are many exercises over the internet and even videos of those exercises which do not require you to go out for a jog or even step out even a bit. You just need a mat and just do those exercises without any problem.
7. Catch the entertainment
Were you broke enough to never attend a big concert before the quarantine or always wanted to go for one but couldn’t? Many celebrities have understood how their fans haven’t been able to catch up and are bored. Recently BTS organized a whole 2 days concert over the internet for free for all their fans. Celebrities such as Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish are even coming live on various social media platforms to perform for free for their fans.
The famous South Korean channel ‘1 million dance’ even organized free beginner classes by star choreographers for their subscribers and viewers to learn dance. Performers from all over the world are gaining the attention of the international audience.
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