Coronavirus Pandemic: WHO releases guidelines to deal with stress, anxiety amid lockdown
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Staying confined to a place for longer durations has its own repercussions on the body, mind and a healthy stimulus is required to keep the routines going on fine at their optimum. Stress, anxiety and insomnia are just one of those repercussions which continue to hamper our physico-socio productivity amid the third phase of lockdown which has been put in place after six weeks of its precursor two phases.
Stress makes you feel tired and lethargic for a considerable amount of time. Headaches, lack of appetite, upset stomach, back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain are some physical signs of stress.
India, though, has the most stringent of all lockdown, as per Oxford University's Stringency Index, but many parts of the world are going through similar circumstances, where citizens are supposed to stay home for a considerable amount of time.
Therefore, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently released a new set of guidelines to help people cope with stress. Audio released by WHO highlights two basic points for dealing with such an extraordinary situation at the time if a global crisis. First, on ensuring least distraction due to stimulated thoughts and feelings and two, staying grounded – which means to revive you back to the present moment, when you feel connected to the ground realities and hence do not overthink, overemphasise and step towards the depression.
For this, it suggests breathing and stretching exercises, focus-on-the-object expressions and to stay in touch with all the five senses with an utmost sense of realism.
"Hopefully you should feel a bit more grounded and less lost in your thoughts and feelings, and more connected with the world around you. If this did not happen to you or if you feel a bit strange, then remember that such reactions are common. With practice, these exercises will feel more natural and the results will be more powerful," the WHO audio says.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma