Preparing mentally to face the world post lockdown

Staying indoors for long periods can also take a toll on our mental well-being.

The COVID-19 lockdown has been extended again. Most people continue to remain indoors, without interacting much with the individuals in the outside world.

We need to be grateful that we are able to stay indoors and protect ourselves from the dreaded illness. Therefore, we need to first thank the healthcare personnel and the government who helped us survive this pandemic.

But staying indoors for long periods can also take a toll on our mental well-being.

How will the human mind react to this unprecedented situation of being alienated from society at large? When we finally step out, how mentally prepared will we be to face the world?

We need to prepare ourselves to face the challenge.

» When locked up inside the home, some people may have a panic disorder - a constant fear that they may be affected by the disease despite having no symptoms. No matter how much doctors assure them of their well-being, these people will not be pacified. Counselling and medicines for some period of time are needed. Consult an expert and follow the instructions to cure this medical condition easily.

» People in rural areas might mimic some COVID-19 symptoms unknowingly. This is only a type of hysteria. However, first these people need to medically confirm that they do not have COVID-19. And then seek mental treatment for the condition that can also be cured easily.

» Some people, who have been shut inside for long, might be hesitant to face the outside world and interact with others. If they have shown such reclusive behaviour earlier too, they need to be trained to face the society in a phased manner.

» Some others may suffer from claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces).

» Risk of depression is also high. Those suffering from depression will be plagued with negative thoughts of losing interest in life, low confidence levels, no urge to learn or achieve, or losing hope for a better life. Depression also needs urgent medical attention. Antidepressants and treatment modalities can completely cure this disease. Therefore, those suffering from depression should not shy away from consulting a psychiatrist.

These pointers are not meant to frighten people but to prepare them to face the challenges ahead. Understand that all hope is not lost. Remember that every dark cloud has a silver lining and work towards a better, more positive life.

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