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Staying mentally healthy during lockdown

While billions are unable to leave their homes and conduct their normal routine during the extended lockdown, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that people are experiencing different levels of stress during the global pandemic.

The WHO said they have identified the need to support the mental and psycho-social well-being of various groups during this outbreak.

Here are some tips on how to maintain our sanity while confined to our homes.

Exercise routine

Now is the perfect time to start an exercise program. No need for a gym or fancy equipment. Start with simple bodyweight exercises: 20 jumping jacks, 10 push-ups, 20 air squats and 30 second planks. Repeat from three to five cycles or adjust as needed. Exercise equals endorphins. Keep generating those happy hormones with constant exercise.

Support others

Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person giving support as much as the helper. Call / text / message neighbors or people in your community who may need extra assistance. Working together as one community can help create solidarity.

Avoid passing on fake news

Do not forward messages with doubtful sources that could spread fear or panic. One way to fact-check is to cross reference with reputable mainstream media news sites and government agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH). If unable to verify the information elsewhere online, it is most likely untrue or just a rumor.

Refrain from watching, reading or listening to news that cause anxiety or stress

WHO advised we get information only from trusted sources and take practical steps to protect yourself and loved ones. There will be a deluge of false information that may be unsettling and cause us to panic and act irrationally. Stick to the facts. Not rumors and false information.

Stay in touch

Staying at home does not mean being alone. Stay connected through noncontact channels, such as e-mails, messaging apps, video calls and video-conferencing. Hearing from friends and loved ones can give us the much needed mental boost during isolation.

Stop labelling people with the disease 

WHO stressed we should not use derogatory terms and instead say they are “people who have Covid-19,” “people who are being treated for Covid-19,” and people who are recovering from Covid-19.” We must remember that after people recover, their lives will go on. It is important to separate a person from having an identity defined by Covid-19, to reduce stigma.

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