Covid caused psychological problems; some coping tips to help

While the Covid-19 situation has improved, with many more people traveling and returning to normal life, many people are still grappling with the mental health issues caused by the pandemic.

Being home month after month, not seeing loved ones or having a route, getting sick and losing friends, family or job has made the pandemic much more than just a physical problem.

Bangalore-based psychologist Dr. Richa Mehrotra of Mpower says: “The overwhelming uncertainty of the pandemic has had undeniable consequences for people’s mental health. The most common concern is fear, which arose out of fear, about health, losing loved ones or ordinary mass hysteria surrounding the spread of the virus. In many cases this has progressed to OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and depression.” However, there are ways to cope with the mental effects of the pandemic.

Watch your behavior

In the early days of the pandemic, there wasn’t much information about how the virus spreads and how long it lives on surfaces. We have washed and disinfected everything. However, with more information at our disposal, excessive cleaning and hygiene that gets in the way of everyday life must be observed. “Individuals should be aware of erratic and unwarranted behavior and thinking patterns,” Mehrotra says. Common behaviors include excessive hand washing, compulsive cleaning, and a nagging sense of fear. “Seeking help and help from professionals early on will help you deal with it faster and more effectively,” she adds.

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When you have a routine, you tend to have a better sense of control.

Avoid triggers

While it’s good to stay abreast of the situation around us, it won’t help to go overboard or obsess about information about the virus. “While some causes are unavoidable, there are certain steps a person should take to maintain peace of mind and a balanced approach,” Mehrotra says. She suggests not watching too much news, especially unauthorized news sources that provide different types of information. “Stick to one or two verified sources and consume information, even once a day if necessary. That way you avoid being overwhelmed,” she says.

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Follow a routine

When you have a routine, you tend to have a better sense of control over not just your day, but your mental health as well. “A daily routine is necessary to avoid procrastinating,” Mehrotra says. Recreation and re-entering hobbies is advised. “Exercise and yoga should also be high in your daily routine. It is very necessary to keep your support systems i.e. friends and family close and spend quality time with them in the moment,” she adds.

seek help

However, the most important thing you can do if you feel your mental health is being affected is to seek help. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is best to seek professional help if you are not feeling well. With the availability of quality helplines and affordable services, mental health care is now fairly accessible and should be taken advantage of,” advises Mehrotra.

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