It is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle when we are in the middle of a crisis like this. The uncertainty, and worries related to finances, childcare, elderly parents, and job security disrupt our routines, our lifestyles and mental health. The uncertainty about the future, the ceaseless news coverage and constant social media driven flood of messages can increase our sense of anxiety. Stress is a normal response to these types of situations. Stress disturbs our sleeping and eating patterns, leads to irritability or emotional outbursts, low motivation, and changes in use of alcohol or other drugs. Please do not hesitate to seek help if you are experiencing anything like this.* It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get back into a routine.
Here are some tips to manage stress and promote your mental, physical and social well-being.
*USA: The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Or text TalkWithUs to 66746
*India: A psycho-social toll-free helpline number 08046110007 has been started by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.