With coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causing a lockdown across India, social distancing is the need of the hour as you take all the necessary precautions to stay safe from the infection. While these steps are crucial as preventive measures, being caged at home is not something that is easy to cope with for some. No outings, no late night parties, no birthday dinners and, above all, no movies at cinema halls while dealing with both work and kids at home - this curfew-like atmosphere is unprecedented for many due to a global health crisis. Moreover, there is so much panic because people apprehend the worst-case scenario.
So during this crucial time, here are 5 points you need to keep in mind:
"There is a line between caution and panic, one that we must not cross. It's important to check facts and be mindful of the information we ourselves read and forward on social media. Also promote stories of strength and positivity in these times of distress," said Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behaviour Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.
Panic is a bigger threat than the actual one so stick to reliable sources of information and restrict how much you consume news to a maximum of 1-2 times a day.
According to Dr Manish Jain, Consultant, Psychiatry, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, "People need to understand facts and clear myths related to COVID-19. More they'll be aware of facts, less there will be panic. The need of the hour is altruism and social responsibility."
Don't let social distancing spoil the mood. Experts say that this is just another phase in life and people should make the most of the moment and enjoy some "me-time".
"Even as physical distancing is encouraged, it's important to stay emotionally connected to loved ones. Use social media, cell phones and video calls to keep in touch with friends and family," said Dr Samir Parikh.
People who are self-isolated at home, they need to maintain a regular routine which involves a regular sleep-awake pattern, eating balanced meals and physical exercise.
"Don't hoard excessive supplies, support others in times of distress, maintain hygiene practices and observe physical distancing, not just for your own safety but that of others as well," said Dr Jain.
Create a list of tasks you want to achieve every day and maintain work-life boundaries by designating a specific time and space to work. Till the time you are home, stay productive with pleasurable activities such as reading, learning something new such as playing the guitar, spending quality time with family, etc.
Let this be the perfect excuse to spend some 'me-time'. Listen to music, watch movies or read a book; use this time meaningfully to engage in activities or hobbies you have wanted to.
With the rising incidence of Covid-19 in the country, it's natural for people to be concerned about their own health and safety as well as of their loved ones. It's important to stay motivated and not panic.
With inputs from IANSComments