Mental Health in Lockdown

India
April 24, 2021 11:15am CST
So, I have been stuck again in my home because of lockdown in my state. It has been almost 20 days now, and I feel caged as this time I am all alone at my place. The weekdays get by, by throwing myself into work but its the weekends that trouble me the most. I don't find anything to do and my brain starts to have all sort of depressing thoughts. What should one do exactly to fight this ? I have been trying somethings but nothing actually works. Suggest
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@NateB11 (871)
• United States
24 Apr
Ultimately, comprehension of your thinking is the way to be free of it. Understanding that it is merely thought. However, a quick fix for depression is to jump up and get active. Exercise. Look up an exercise video online and start exercising along to it. Or do some exercise you're accustomed to if you have exercised in some way in the past. Getting the body moving can get you away from your thoughts.
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• India
24 Apr
great suggestion, but the issue is that I am not much of a exercise doing kind of guy. I prefer rides over walks, trekking over exercise. but as you suggested I do need something to keep these thoughts away.
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@marlina (125663)
• Canada
26 Apr
Excellent advice
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@NateB11 (871)
• United States
26 Apr
@marlina Thanks, Marlina.
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@DaddyEvil (42371)
• United States
25 Apr
Okay, so you live in India... You are restricted to your home unless you need to go to work or to buy groceries. Is that correct? (Most people in the US aren't and haven't been restricted like that. We are asked to wear masks when we leave our home and to social distance, but many people don't/won't do that.) Have you gotten your Covid vaccinations yet? Did you have any trouble when you got them, if you did get the shots? I really don't have any suggestions for mental health that others haven't already made on this discussion. I'm sorry about that and hope you will find talking on myLot, and possibly making friends on this site, to help with your mental health.
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• India
25 Apr
Thank You so much and NO I am still not vaccinated. Our age group will have there vaccine drive from May 1st. Eagerly waiting for that. And I hope so to that talking to you guys might help with that.
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@DaddyEvil (42371)
• United States
25 Apr
@Prabhatsingh I see... Pretty and I had our first shot of Moderna on the 20th of this month. (To be honest, I didn't want the vaccination but Pretty talked me into getting it. *sigh* Kids can wrap you around their finger and make you do things you really don't want to do.)
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• India
25 Apr
@DaddyEvil hahahaha But still i think getting vaccinated is the right move.
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@CarolDM (137949)
• United States
2 May
We all have to find what works best for us. We are all different. Keeping your mind busy helps me. Writing also helps me. I hope you can get out from under the lockdown soon. Getting outside would definitely help. Hold onto hope.
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• India
2 May
That what I am doing these days. holding on to the hope.
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@CarolDM (137949)
• United States
2 May
@Prabhatsingh We all have to do that. Hoping for a better day.
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• India
2 May
@CarolDM Yes. I agree.
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@vandana7 (83027)
• India
3 May
As an analyst I must ask you, do you think they went about it the right way? I think they should have done it based on employment / self - employment. The center point Railway station. First day all employees within a radius of 5 kilometers, next day, any balance, third day all employees within a radius of 10 kilometers, next day balance, and so on. Employers needed to log in rosters. Then it becomes easier to organize vaccines. If I employ a househelp, I needed to log in her name and age. It does not make sense to vaccinate senior citizens upfront. We still expect youngsters to go out and fetch things for us, or opt for home delivery. Therefore, risk is to youngsters in our families, not to us. If they are safe, we would automatically be safe. As senior citizens, we have a choice to stay home as we are no longer employed. As youngsters who are already employed, there is no escape from working. Jobs are hard to come by. Desperation to keep the ones they have is obvious. Many have accepted massive pay cuts. So most non-working senior citizens have no reasons to move out, while youngsters have compulsion to do so as their bread and butter is at risk. Another reason youngsters should have been vaccinated is they tend to be defiant, and overconfident. Senior citizens would think twice about being careless as their bank balances would deplete and deplete rather fast in this crisis time. They are also not confident of their immunity. So I do think the government has got it wrong all the way.
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• India
3 May
I totally agree with your each and every point. Proper management by govt should have been in place in terms of age group and thinking of the population. This govt is failing us at every step of covid. Be it healthcare, employment, or saving lives.
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@vandana7 (83027)
• India
3 May
@Prabhatsingh I can just say...sorry. But also tell you, that the first speech of Modi turned me off... I did not vote for him. Mind you, there are good folks in his team. Just that Modi and Shah as leaders are garbage. You can add Yogi and Nadda too to the list. And election commissions.
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• India
3 May
@vandana7 Yup. I am not saying congress is the one to go to. They are again on the list of worst. It's just that we need a strong opposition party which currently India doesn't have.
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@Rashnag (15011)
• Thane, India
25 Apr
You should try to do some physical activity. Trust me it will help you a lot. You can then listen to music or watch some videos. I know it's tough but you will get through it. Make a routine that will help too. Have a good day. Take care
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• India
25 Apr
Thank You for the suggestions. And in terms of videos do you have any suggestions ?
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@Rashnag (15011)
• Thane, India
26 Apr
@Prabhatsingh your welcome dear. Watch comedy videos on youtube
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• India
26 Apr
@Rashnag Yes. Thank You
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@12345Lot (112)
• Nairobi, Kenya
24 Apr
Mental Health during this Pandemic has been a challenge considering we are social beings. Living within the four walls without getting something to engage our brains makes it worse... Hope you find something, to bring back the excitement of life
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• India
24 Apr
I hope so too. It has been the wandering of my thoughts that scare me the most.
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@MALUSE (66174)
• Germany
24 Apr
Hello and welcome to myLot. Enjoy the site! Read around, Like and Comment as much as you can to make yourself known to the community. Although it's not obligatory, it would be a good idea to add the name of your country to your account page to make your posts more understandable.
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@MALUSE (66174)
• Germany
24 Apr
Can't you meet at least one or two friends - with face masks and keeping a certain distance - with whom you can talk and go riding and/or trekking? I don't think that you have to live continuously in isolation.
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• India
24 Apr
how will adding my country name to my page will make my posts more understandable ? Please elaborate if you can ?
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• India
24 Apr
@MALUSE The saddest part is that I cant leave my house until its necessary or to bring essential goods. Plus my friends have moved to their hometowns before the lockdown came into effect. A mistake which I did of taking the lockdown less seriously. and hence left alone.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
7 May
You can jump, walk in the house, cook something, sleep, call someone and talk on phone, talk on Skype or zoom with someone. It helps. I also don't like lockdown. I go out sometimes
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• India
7 May
If i jump, my people living below me will put a complaint with my society chair. I have been cooking, half-burnt food for myself. I tried those things, but after a while it gets borings. I can't keep sleeping all day.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
7 May
@Prabhatsingh I'm sorry my friend for how you feel. I think the last thing to do is spend time online. Are you on clipclap? You can earn watching videos. It is not boring
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• India
7 May
@mildredtabitha Clipclap. that sounds interesting. Just watch videos and earn?
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@moonandstars (50123)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 May
it's good you have work, trust me. do you have a balcony or terrace? that means a lot and, talking to people over phone is also good.
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• India
6 May
Yeah, that's only good for weekdays, not weekends. But coming to myLot my weekends are not that lonely no. I keep having discussions with some or the other. So it keeps me occupied. Yes, I do have a balcony, why do you ask? One cant talk too much on the phone as well, it gets agitating after some time.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
9 May
@Prabhatsingh I don't have no one but having balcony reminds me of having a small backyard cause,you can go out on a fresh air.I agree about the phone.
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• India
10 May
@moonandstars It's a very small balcony. We generally use it to dry our clothes.
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@marlina (125663)
• Canada
26 Apr
Move your body around, jumping jacks, etc or do some heavy cleaning that will make you sweat and then take a shower, you will feel wonderful. Music and reading
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• India
26 Apr
So, recently I have started with warm-up exercises in the morning after everyone's suggestions. ts just for half an hour. But I have started, and over the period I might start to extend the time on that as well. Thank you for the suggestions though.
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@marlina (125663)
• Canada
5 May
@Prabhatsingh , You are welcome!
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• India
5 May
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@youless (105082)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr
In fact there was not a real lockdown in my city even in February last year. But at that time the situation seemed to be worse and people stayed at home. I wouldn't go out if it was not necessary. I bought more food once and therefore I didn't need to go out more often. Actually I didn't feel bored when I was at home. As I had to prepare for three meals for my family. I did different food everyday so that we could enjoy it more. We had our own hobbies so that the time still went by fast.
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• India
25 Apr
I am happy to hear that. But in your case you where with your family. In my case I am all alone at my place.
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@youless (105082)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Apr
@Prabhatsingh Sometimes the situation will be worse to be alone. Fortunately there is still an internet connection and you can still use it to contact your family and friends. Take care
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• India
26 Apr
@youless Yes, that is one technology advancement that I am happy about.
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@aparajita (1157)
• India
25 Apr
Exercise is the best way to fight boredom.
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• India
25 Apr
I get that but its not my thing.
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@aparajita (1157)
• India
25 Apr
@Prabhatsingh if you're sure about your thing then go for it ....just see that you are moving around a lot.
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• India
25 Apr
@aparajita Thanks Again what my thing is cant be achieved right now
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@RebeccasFarm (33294)
• United States
26 Apr
I am sorry once again. I pray this will ease very soon the lockdowns. The only thing I had been doing is walking in here and also watching movies and videos. Also some praying.
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• India
26 Apr
Yup, I have started that too. Hope it does. Thank You.
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• United States
26 Apr
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@jobelbojel (24532)
• Philippines
30 Apr
If you cannot go out, make sure to talk to your family or friends by calling them. This happened to me lately. I did not sleep in 48 hours. I was awake the whole time. My head was aching already because I was worried and thinking too much. Then I made a way - I finally messaged my friend who rescued me, now we are talking every single day.
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• India
30 Apr
Yes, I do that every day.
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@edisondanila (45593)
• Philippines
24 Apr
Keep safe there and your family my friend. You are already myLotting and this could keep you busy for awhile. Welcome to myLot and goodluck.
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• India
24 Apr
Thank You and I hope so too. And I also hope that people like yourself get to suggesting what to keep doing in the meantime ? I would like to hear you suggestions as well ?
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@DianneN (229175)
• United States
15 Jun
Have you tried an extra dry martini straight up, shaken, not stirred? I’ve actually been reading a lot. It has helped tremendously.
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• India
16 Jun
LOL No, I haven't. But I did try to get drunk for a whole week, that didn't work out as planned. Lots of office calls and then on weekends, I just threw up.
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@DianneN (229175)
• United States
16 Jun
@Prabhatsingh You are hilarious!!!
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• India
16 Jun
@DianneN LOL thank you.
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@nela13 (42165)
• Portugal
2 May
For the news the situation in India is quite bad so being at home can protect you. You can always spend more time here in Mylot with us
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• India
2 May
That's what I have been doing this past week now. spending time at myLot. A little extra every day.
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@nela13 (42165)
• Portugal
2 May
@Prabhatsingh that is right, and you keep your brain busy.
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• India
3 May
@nela13 Yup, on it.
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@Jazz96 (401)
11 Jun
It's tough under lockdown. The first few months are okay but as time goes and you're Isolated, it gets tough. Calls video or normal phone call to friends help a lot. Just chatting to other people and excercise does wonders....last year we were in strict lockdown for over 12 months....it gets tedious
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• India
11 Jun
Yeah, it does. But myLot has helped a lot since then.
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@Jazz96 (401)
11 Jun
@Prabhatsingh I can imagine so...it had helped me as well. But I think personally, I needed those friendly phones calls to feel normal
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• India
12 Jun
@Jazz96 LOL Well, I did that in the starting, but then not everyone can be available every day. So had to find something else.
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@Matamu (2108)
14 May
Try to relax. For me, I spend my time in lockdown by praying, reading, and doing business online.
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• India
14 May
What kind of online business?
@sjvg1976 (23511)
• Delhi, India
25 Apr
In Delhi also there is lockdown but it's not a strict lockdown as it was an year before. I understand your problem. The best thing is to kill the boredom is to indulge yourself in something you like. You may ask a friend to spend time with you on th weekends as you said you find it difficult to pass time specially on the weekends.
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• India
25 Apr
My friends are all out of town. And I am stuck here all alone.
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