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“21-days Lockdown”: Impact of it on Mind & Body

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"21-days Lockdown": Impact of it on Mind & Body
- Continental Hospitals Doctors suggest steps to stay Mentally & Physically fit
- "Social Distancing" does not meet "Social Disconnect" to cause a worry

Hyderabad, March 25th, 2020: Unforeseen circumstances require unprecedented measures! And starting today India is put under an unprecedented "lockdown" for 21-days to fight the global pandemic 'Corona' virus. The lockdown would mean people would not be allowed to step out of their homes freely and will have restricted access to even everyday essential commodities.

People are suggested to main 'social distance' to ensure the menace of corona virus does not find a breeding ground in the form of easy transmission between people. However, for a large section of people in Indian society, this in unacceptable! It has been noticed that people are not just worried about their economic prospects; but also expressing anguish over getting restricted to their residences.

Commenting on the risks, Dr. Jyotirmayi K, Consultant Psychiatrist, Continental Hospitals said, "Lockdown or other restrictions to daily routine will be stressful and there surely are going to be some psychological impacts on people. To avoid greater damage from happening time and again, we humans need to work harder enduring some levels of stress; and must realize that this phase too will pass soon."

To keep yourself active
Remind yourself that this is a temporary phase
Remember that you are a hero, and doing this for the community
Stay connected with near & dear via phone, email, social media
Sleep at regular routines to find each passing day relaxing
Stay physically active to ensure mental agility
Maintain balance by allocating specific work hours, and take regular breaks
Focus on doing household chores and share burden with family members
Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing
"On an everyday basis, most people state they do not find time for themselves for their wellbeing. This 21-day lockdown has provided the perfect opportunity for people to spend time on themselves. Doing Yoga, speaking to family members, remembering past/childhood memories, speaking to old friends and reminiscing past memories could be a perfect way to keep oneself active and keep off from anxiety," concluded Dr. Jyotirmayi.

Another risk associated with this lockdown is the possibility of one retreating into a sedentary lifestyle, and thus adding many kilograms to the bodyweight. Commenting on this, Mrs Zeenath Fatima, Consultant Dietician, Continental Hospitals said, "During normal days many people tend to eat at restaurants or foods prepared not at home, doing no great favor to the human body. Put under restrictions, now people are forced to opt for home-cooked food, which is the best and healthiest option any day. Eating green-leafy and other regular vegetables will not increase weight and during these stressful times, avoiding meat or meat-based foods could be a better idea."

Life under a lockdown situation can negatively affect mental health, causing post-traumatic stress, confusion and even anger. But by keeping your active life going and maintaining peace in life is the best solution to ensure you wade through these difficult times with ease.

About Continental Hospitals:

Continental Hospital is a NABH and JCI-accredited facility in Hyderabad offering multi-specialty tertiary and quaternary care services. The hospital has a capacity of 750 beds with 250 operational beds currently. The hospital has Green OT, Level 3 NICU and PICU, and it's known for efficient critical care team. The hospital has state-of-the-art facilities and medical equipment, as well as the latest communication and information technology. Key specialties include Cardiac Sciences, Neurosciences, Gastroenterology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oncology, Orthopaedics and Emergency Medicine.

Continental Hospitals is a part of IHH Healthcare, a leading premium integrated healthcare provider with a network of 84 hospitals and more than 16,000 licensed beds. It is one of the largest healthcare groups in the world by market capitalisation and is listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and Main Board of SGX-ST. IHH is a leading player in the home markets of Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and India, and in their key growth markets of China and Hong Kong.


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