Keeping Mentally Healthy During The COVID-19 Lockdown Period. #Stories4Health

At the start of the lock-down, I was somewhat delighted. Our semester had been stressful for me.  I was not even ready to sit for the exams that were just around the corner. It was a sunny season. I was joyful. I surely was fine. Honestly, how hard could chilling at home possibly be? Not that hard. Right? However, it wasn’t after so long that the reality of the situation started to sink in.

The joy of being at home wore off after the first few weeks. It all became so boring. I honestly began to struggle. I began experiencing frequent panic attacks, and sometimes froze down in my room. I sometimes found it hard to sleep, yet slept for way too long when I finally did. I lacked energy and enthusiasm for the greater part of the day, yet I was sure I was not sick of anything. I was kind of locked in my room and trapped in my own head. I did not have any idea about how to deal with it.

With time, however, I found ways to handle the mental strain. I channeled the free time to stuff that I enjoyed- hobbies that had been drowned by college work. I perfected my baking skill, started writing again, improved on my drawing skills, played more childhood video games, and felt truly free for the first time in a long while. I realized that I had all along actually forgotten just how exciting it felt to be a creative person. I also begun to interact more with, and understand my family members better. It had never occurred to me how much I actually didn’t know about them.

I feel so much more mentally refreshed now two months later. I appreciate how complicated the whole lock-down thing can be on someone’s mental health. I know I am most probably not alone. Because, there wouldn’t be the reportedly increased cases of family disputes and gender based violence in the lock-down period. It has the ability to mess one (and more so families) up. However, regardless of how unsettled, helpless, or lonely one feels, things will only get better. We need to take time and retreat to the things we enjoy, keeping in mind that all of this will inevitably come to pass. Right now, the best we can do is remain at home, take care of ourselves and those around us, and hope that the best of days are ahead of us. 

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