After a few weeks of dealing with the home-isolation situation, it is certain that while many of us have adjusted to our new schedules, our mental condition has definitely gone downhill, thanks to this life-altering pandemic. According to a survey conducted by the Indian Psychiatry Society, the number of reported cases of mental illness in India increased by 20% within a week since the country went into lockdown.
Work from home (WFH) along with all the stress associated with the pandemic has resulted in insomnia, early spondilitis, restlessness, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and rage among others.
Men are more likely to succumb to work and tech rage. Although professional life issues are the main cause of stress for one-in-five women (20%) respondents, it is men who lose their temper at the sight of unforeseen work- and technology-related issues. In fact, 64% of men would get infuriated if their superiors assigned them work on holidays compared to 58% of women, and 57% of men would lose their temper if their boss told them to stay back at work on Fridays, compared to 52% of women. In addition to this, 43% of men claimed that they would be ‘at a better chance’ to get enraged at their workmates compared to 35% women.
About 64% of male respondents compared to 61% of female respondents agreed that they get hostile and angry when someone unplugs their mobile phone while charging without asking them.
Work and tech rage also differ across the Indian cities. Delhi (46%) respondents identify stressful professional life as the leading cause of rage, but Pune largely succumbs to ‘Work Rage’ followed by Lucknow at 64%, Bengaluru at 61%, and Mumbai at 50%. Bengaluru is featured as a key city with its citizens demonstrating ‘Tech Rage’ in the face of minor tech disruptions. For instance, 77% of respondents in Bengaluru and more than half of respondents in Mumbai (51%) would lose their temper if someone took their phones off-charging right in the middle without asking them compared to only 40% of respondents in Ahmedabad.
Furthermore, 69% of male respondents compared to 65% of female respondents, get irritated and end up quarrelling with the service provider if the Wi-Fi connection or the Internet abruptly stops working. More than three-fourths of survey-takers in Chandigarh and Kolkata (78%) admit to being enraged and irritated if their Wi-Fi or Internet connections abruptly stop working compared to just 50% of respondents in Pune and 66% in Mumbai.
Tips to beat the lockdown for a healthier mind
Eat healthy for Sarvagunn Sampann health — Maintain a healthy diet, follow a timely meal plan, and try new recipes to keep things interesting. Try to experiment with traditional Indian foods such as the khichdi, multigrain chilla, besan, poha, etc. Also ensure that you add natural constituents like turmeric that has at least 3% of curcumin to your daily diet - an Indian spice known for boosting the immunity for ages and need of the hour right now.
Set up a daily routine — Routines provide structure and purpose and help keep you motivated and focused.
Be active — Try to enjoy your household chores, play a game, do some gardening, try some home workouts or dance. Try yoga and aim for a holistic health regime. Discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your mobility and fitness.
Avoid sitting in one place — Exercise and regular movements is good for fitness and strength. Take short regular breaks. Listening to music and getting back to nature can also help us feel cheerier and more energized, with an increased sense of meaning and purpose, as well as making tasks more controllable.
Identify the triggers that make you feel low — Identify the triggers that make you feel low and find ways to reduce or manage them. Talk to family and friends to help them understand how you feel and how they can help.
Connect — Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours at home.
Coping with emotions amid a crisis - This situation is completely new to everyone involved, and it's normal to feel worried or nervous about what's going on. What’s important is to stay positive and maintain balance—the key to physical and emotional well-being during these challenging times.
Let’s try to weather this lockdown phase and emerge victorious from it in the next few weeks.
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