Quarantine can affect your Mental Health!

April 27, 2020

5 min read

Impact of coronavirus on children, the impact of coronavirus on elderly, fake news over the internet, quarantine activities, how to protect ourselves from coronavirus.

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Seekwiser Team

Consultant, Gurgaon

TIPS HEALTH
quarantine can possible have a negative effect on someone's mental health too.

Things to avoid depression during quarantine!

With the constant news of coronavirus mushrooming all around the world, housing such great uncertainty in the minds of people. It has become extremely important for us to pay attention to our mental health. Trapped in our houses socially distanced and disrupted from our normal lives, this is a gruesome time for all of us. Especially for the people already suffering from anxiety, depression and OCD.

Understanding how it can affect us will eventually help us in taking control over. We understand that emotions like stress, fear, restlessness and concern only grows when pushed under the carpet. So, why try to take a walk analysing the situation and then we’ll talk about the solutions to it.

What is coronavirus actually?

Coronavirus is a newly discovered infectious disease. Most of the people infected with this virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and can be treated without requiring any kind of special treatment. Elderly and the people with medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to fall in its deadly trap. So, if you have someone with such a problem, you have someone to pay extra attention to in these gruesome times.

What can I do to protect?    

Keep calm, because even though no specific treatment and vaccine is discovered yet the prevention is possible. Just a few sanitization tips and poof! You and your family are safe from a deadly virus:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Maintain 1-metre distance with everyone.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing.
  • Lastly, stay home if you feel unwell.

This is the definition and prevention of the disease you’ve been stressing out about. Now let’s discuss how it can affect our minds and cause unnecessary chaos.

Impact on children’s mental health:

This surely is an unprecedented time for us all, especially children. They are more likely to be experiencing fear, anxiety and worry during all this disruption in their normal lives. And with schools closed these days, there is no possible escape they can seek out as well. 

Now they cannot seek social support from their friends which is extremely important for good mental well being. It can be a time when your child needs you the most. What you can do to help him/her fight this all is pay attention to them and their activities. Teach them to be clean and managed. You can prepare them for the future we all see coming. Survival is possible only if you sanitize and organise yourself in a safe environment. 

Impact on the Elderly:

As WHO has mentioned that the lives of people with certain medical conditions and Old age are more in jeopardy, it can be extremely frightening and fear-inducing for them. Anger, anxiety and stress can be a few major psychological impacts on their minds. 

We suggest maintaining a social connection during this social distancing is extremely important. Not just for your mental health but overall as well. Pay attention to your elders, they might not ask you for it but this is our foremost moral duty in these times to at least keep a check on them.

Limit the news:

We understand that news plays a very vital role in keeping us updated. And it sure is a time where we need to brush up our knowledge about everything going on in the world. But you have to keep in mind that despite everything, your surrounding and aura should always remain positive. After all, there is nothing in the whole wide world that a healthy and positive mind cannot defeat. Plus, there is a lot of misinformation swirling around over the internet. And trust us, you do not want to fall victim to the fake news. Take out time off social media and the internet to find some time for your family and your peace.  

Wrapping up:

We know that life wasn’t going easy on any of us and with coronavirus striking, it has just become worse. But we all need to unite and fight this one together for “We’re only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided” (by J.K Rowling).

Squeezing lemons in the eyes of this stupid quarantine we all can use this time in understanding about the lives of our loved ones, discovering new sides to our personalities and maybe exercising our way to a fitter life. 

Reference:

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/variety/how-coronavirus-affects-your-mental-health-and-ways-to-cope/article31170544.ece

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51873799