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Anxiety, Depression and other mental health problems are real and could be on the high especially under the current circumstances with Covid 19.

A large part of anxiety and depression comes from a sense of what we think we should be able to control, but can’t.  Right now, most of us are worried about COVID-19, known as the “Corona virus”.  We may feel helpless about what will happen to us and our loved ones or what we can do to prevent further stress.  The uncertainty might also connect to our uncertainty about other aspects of our lives.

How do we know if one suffering with mental health problems?

Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviours can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Staying away from people
  • Having low energy / Feeling Tired and Lazy
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling confused, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work

It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current news events.  We can always choose our response.  If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:

  • Stay in touch with your loved ones (friends and relatives)
  • Limit your consumption of news on internet and television
  • Get involved in in-door activities which give you mental relaxation
  • Exercises and walking helps, Go outside in nature. But avoid crowded places. (considering the social distancing)
  • Engage in mindfulness activities and stay in present
  • Talk to people if you need any help
  • Spend time in meditation & Prayer. it gives you hope and strength

Doctors believe, Family and friends are often the first line of defence in the fight against depression. That’s why it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of depression. You may notice the problem in your friend or your family member before they do, and your influence and concern can motivate them to seek help.

Experts also suggest that; "FIST AID FOR MENTAL HEALTH" should become a part of the curriculum in schools and college education. It is crucial that the youth become the ambassadors in emphasising its importance in this age of sweeping reforms. We need to therefore empower educators, parents and other primary care givers, who are regularly engaged with young people to be able to provide guidance in times of need.

Knowledge of first aid for mental health can help common concerns like: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse and psychosis. It can also help in crisis situations involving: suicide, self-harm, trauma and aggressive behaviours.

Most Importantly, Communion with God is essential to our emotional and spiritual health. Many of us do not fully understand how prayer works or how to harness its power. Most do not fully understand how the phone connects people across oceans, yet we connect all the same. In the same manner, prayer is a powerful means of connecting with our Creator in heaven and letting Him connect us with others.

May God Help us get through this tough times …

Stay Connected.. Stay Positive..


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