Importance of Mental Health to Survive a Pandemic Situation
The word “Pandemic flu” became a rage in late 2005. But how different it’s from the usual word Epidemic, the more common disease term in use. The difference between these two words was actually not many people are quite clear about. So, let’s begin by understanding the meaning of these two words.
As per Merriam-Webster, the word “pandemic” is the seventh most frequently looked-up word in its online dictionary this year. The meaning of which is “occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.” Whereas the meaning of the word epidemic is any disease that spreads in a particular region.
The reason for taking care of the mental health is because, during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global index of fear and anxiety increased by a colossal 25%, according to a scientific brief released by the World Health Organization (WHO)
Multiple Stress Factors
- Mental Breakdown
- Suffering the loss of loved one
- Suicidal Thoughts
How are we going to take care of our Mental Health?
In this digital and modern world, how are we really going to take care of the mental health which lost its importance in this pandemic?
- Take breaks from news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be active on social media but remember, it’s a double-edged sword!
- Take care of your body and physical activity for at least 30 minutes.
- Get vaccinated and stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
- Consuming a balanced meal – Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and fat–free or low–fat milk and milk products. Eating well also means limiting saturated fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.
- Following a regular bedtime routine can actually help you sleep better, which is 7 or more hours per night for adults.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
- Limit alcohol intake. Choose not to drink or drink in moderation by limiting consumption to one drink a day for women—two for men—on days that alcohol is consumed.
- Avoid using prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed, someone else’s prescription, or illegal drugs. Treatment is available, and recovery starts with asking for help.
- Avoid smoking and the use of other tobacco products. People can and do quit smoking for good.
- Continue with regular health appointments, testing, and screening.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some relaxing activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. There is no shame in talking to your close circle about your insecurities.
Article written by :
Mr. Loganathan Ramachandran, Senior HSE Consultant, Green World Group – Dubai .