Mental Health in India during Covid-19 lockdown.
Today is 17th May in India, by today we have lost 275 thousand lives from the pandemic ( If we believe the government figures ).
In this article, I will cover how this pandemic have effected the mental health of 1.4 Billion Indians. When 1st lockdown was announced in India , it was the evening of 24th of march , 2020. At that time, we never thought or imagined what we are going to face in the near future.
Effect on Mental health in covid-19 lockdown.
When we know we have to do something but we just can’t , maybe it sounds very common to all of us but what have changed is, the intensity of procrastination since last year. We all can relate how guilty we feel at that time , not just guilty but we feel we are being controlled by someone else and we can’t do anything even if we want to.
Why that happens ?
We are a social being , we have interacted within our communities , social circle throughout the centuries not because we have to but because we are evolved in this manner since ages ago as we used to be hunters and it required excellent coordination between the members of our tribe because if we fail to do that we will not survive in that jungle age. Now , Maybe we don’t do hunting anymore but we still have that trait in us due to which we are still excited to meet new people and make new friends.
Now, People may divide their opinion about the last paragraph as they may feel they are either extrovert or even ambivert and the last para was referred to only extroverts but that is absolutely false because I have mentioned the evolutionary reasons of why we love when we meet a new friend whom we may like, why we love going out in a community park even just alone because we have been designed to love the sense of belonging in a community which will remain with us at least for thousands of years more.
SOLUTION- Just Do the action without motivation , once you do that motivation will chase you like a tracer bullet.
2.Lower Self -esteem
We know that feeling of accomplishment when we set our goal and work hard towards it and finally achieves it, isn’t that wonderful feeling.
On the other side how does it feel when we set our goal BUT neither we work towards it nor we can visualize ourselves in that position .
The intensity of 2nd feeling is much more than the 1st one but in the negative axis of the graph.
What is self-esteem ?
Our answers may vary but what is common is that
We love when we can respect ourselves , How great is that.
But when was the last time you looked in the mirror and said “I love this man , I respect this man for what he do”
Maybe you have done this few times, Or it is high probability that you have never said this and not even closer to this.
DO you know WHY ?
The answer is quite simple , You have not done something that you are proud of with consistency and full dedication OR You might have worked hard towards you like but it may have been overshadowed by your bad habits that gives you guilt every time you do that.
SOLUTION- Just do something you are passionate about with full dedication and consistency.
3. Physical Health
How are you guys feeling by moving so little since last year , I think we all agree we feel much better if we go to community park and do exercise with our friends as it brings accountability in our goals which multiplies our chances to reach our goal.
We have not been able to go on long walks with our friends / family members which has directly effected our physical health and if we our physical health is downgraded, it directly impacts our mental health. We know how much science has been able to develop a direct connection between our mental health and physical health. They both serve each other as if we make progress in any of the domain , the other domain is automatically improved due to motivation that is generated.