5 Way To Keep Us Sane Through This Restriction Movement Order- DocOnCall

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan
Updated on: April 30, 2020

Question:
Greetings doctor. It's been almost a month since we were under the restriction movement control order. At first I was very positive about this MCO but, this week I started to get bored and stressed. When I had to go out to get some kitchen items, I became paranoid about everything. I read many stories of people getting infected as they were outside doing groceries then returned home and passed it to their elderly parents and I am now living with my parents. Besides, I have a friend who always calls me because he is depressed at home. He often would usually hang out to relieve stress but now he can’t and it really affects him. Now I'm worried about his condition. Can you give me and also my friend some advice?
Answer:
Greetings. First and foremost, I want to congratulate you for succeeding in abiding to the restriction movement order. I understand that it's very difficult to stay home for a long time, but sacrifices have to be made in order for us to fight this pandemic. Since we're stuck at home, I strongly recommend that you come out with a diet plan and exercise routine at home. This is because we're prone to lead a sedentary lifestyle since we can’t hit the gym and opt for an easier way to eat by food delivery. A healthy body is very important for a healthy mind. I'm sure many out there are struggling with the same problems as you and your friends, so I’ll answer your question through my article writing below this. I hope it’ll be a little help for you and your friend.

The issue of the coronavirus outbreak forced the government to implement a movement control order aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus for our benefit. But silence can have an impact on our mental health. There is no denying that too much time spent in a small room at home can give way to mental problems such as stress and so on. It may not be for everyone but some of these coronavirus infections can only be serious for certain groups.

Therefore, these 5 simple steps below are on how to fill your free time and how to keep your mind healthy and sane throughout this difficult time.

1. Make the most out of the internet

Keeping up to date on the current situation especially coronavirus is very important. However, too much information will only cause excessive anxiety. Moreover, young people spend too much time in this cyberspace full of hypocrisy and deception that that's what life is all about. This can trigger mental health problems. So take advantage of the internet and social media. Limit the time by allocating only 30 minutes a day to social media and the internet can help mental health according to one study. Also, make sure the news source you are reading is valid. Be a bit more suspicion as you read the news on the internet or WhatsApp.

2. Get in touch with family members and friends

It doesn't mean going out and meeting up with them. Just make one phone call to your old friend to say hello, a video call to your parents to check on how are they doing at home during this quarantine or 'google meetings' to hang out with friends. Most likely with your calls, it can help them with their problems. Take this opportunity to see how your child is doing at school as the classes are conducted online and help them during your free time. Not only that, but it can also be an opportunity to have a long chat with your spouse to get to know them better.

3. Pick up new habits or learn new strategies

Did your new year resolution is to exercise daily, practicing a healthy diet, reading books consistently, or other good habits that you always wanted to implement to yourself? But, it always failed due to time constrain. Now is the time! To develop and familiarize yourself with a new habit, requires time and commitment. On average, 66 days is required before a new routine can become a habit. Hence, you can use this given time to start off. All you need is dedication. In addition, you can learn specific strategies to overcome the problems you often face. For example strategies to control anger, reduce anxiety, or manage your stress. Consider your actions and reactions to the stimulus that causes your problems. Then find a better way to deal with it when you don't face the stimulus. In order for you to see the result of it, you'll need time and practice.

4. Be kind

During this difficult time, a lot of people are struggling with money. If you have a lot then give or share if you have a few. Give and help those in need and spread the good. There are many ways such as donating to a trusted NGO, buying something from a small retailer in your home, listening to your friends' problems, checking up on your neighbors, feeding stray animals, or simply bought the bread enough for yourself. more. Leave some for those after you.

5. Breathe in to calm yourself down

Not just reflexively breathe. Keep your breathing under control. Make sure the surrounding are quiet and peaceful. Breathe in through your nose deeply. Make sure your stomach is rising as you breathe in and then exhale through your mouth. Repeat this for a few minutes or until you feel your body relaxing. This can help to release the physical and mental tension caused by the current situation.



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