COVID gives advice on mental health positivity on social media Corona-Edexlive
While browsing the pages of the newspaper or our favorite news channels, we come across cases and cases of COVID-related deaths. As if that wasn’t enough, there is news on WhatsApp and social media about the passing of a relative of a friend or loved one. What happens when we step away from it all for a moment and focus on something much simpler? We’re talking about something as simple as playing with pets, watching a romantic comedy with family, or catching up with old friends on a video call. What happens when we do this? We avoid thoughts of death, pain and suffering.
Just like the body, the mind also nourishes itself. It comes from the things we read, watch or listen to. And it takes a little adjustment in the sources to distract us from all the negativity. The newspaper offers Sudoku puzzles and the social networks are full of memories and updates of the profiles and pages we follow. Besides that, remember how last year we used to find new things to do? Just because the challenge is no longer a trend doesn’t mean we can’t figure out how to make Dalgona coffee or try out new recipes or take music or dance lessons online. There is much more beyond that too. Also, instead of dying, try discussing the last book you read or the last series you burst into. It’s a good habit to have.
Baishakhi Mohanty | (Photo: Baishakhi Mohanty)
It takes us 21 days to develop a habit. They may have started as safety rules, but actions like washing your hands often and wearing a mask have become a habit at this point. We probably don’t even need reminders for that.
It’s gradually becoming a trend to talk about how COVID has affected someone we know. Try to remember the last time you spoke to someone after about a month and you didn’t use the words “Corona”, “COVID”, “containment”, “death”, “vaccine”, etc. . It was a hell of a fight, wasn’t it? How about making it a game or starting an online challenge? Talk to someone for ten minutes without using any pandemic-related words. Plus, it shouldn’t be related to your job or anything you’re passionate about. To make it more interesting, we could add a condition. The first to use a word from the aforementioned list pays Rs 50 dollars.
The way we deal with the mind affects most of our activities and incidents of the day. They are based on the thoughts we have had recently. Distraction, like friction, is that necessary evil that helps distract us from something. Using it to our advantage is a conscious choice. We start with small steps and gradually, maybe after a month or so, we at least end up feeling better and better prepared to get through the day.
Baishakhi Mohanty is a lawyer, social activist and legal representative for KIIT and KISS. The opinions expressed are his