Let’s start on a POSITIVE note!
We are all in this together and we will get through this together! – A true ARManion 💪
Some of us are still not sleeping well, sanitisers are making our hands dry, and our brains are foggy from reading too much about covid-19. It is okay to feel overwhelmed but it’s also important to pause for a moment and collect your thoughts.
Taking care of yourself is important so you are equipped to help your family through this time.
We are here to talk about how you can help yourself and your family during these difficult times to recover mentally and physically. We won’t say it’s going to be easy but we can make it happen by our willingness to move forward and #StayPositive.
A FEW FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES DURING PANDEMIC (CHINA VIRUS)
- Loneliness and Isolation during quarantine.
- Financial problems due to long medical bills
- Difficulty working due to fatigue or loss of focus.
- Grief due to the loss of a family member or close friends.
- Disruption to routines and anchors caused by lockdowns and restrictions
How can you overcome them?
- Be Patient: The key here is to pull yourself together and stay strong mentally! Take each day as it comes with patience and just as Dory said…
- OTTs to the rescue: If you are home quarantined and isolated, boredom can strike very quickly. Use this time to watch all those binge-worthy shows/movies you always wanted to watch, but make sure you rest more!
- Talk to your friends/family/peers: Communication is key! Stay connected with your loved ones virtually and keep checking on them every now and then. The sense of togetherness will give a massive boost to your mental health.
Hum Saath Saath hain cues in
- Workplace-related stress: You need to build resilience and manage job stress. Identify things that cause stress and work together with co-workers, supervisors to identify solutions. Increase your sense of control by developing a consistent daily routine when possible — ideally, one that is similar to your schedule before the pandemic.
- Seek social support: “Empathy” is the key here. Losing someone can be devastating and not something one should go through on their own. You will find it helpful to work with a peer-support group, either in person or online.
HOW TO GET BACK ON FEET AND GET BETTER, POST-COVID?
First and Foremost REST!
Yes, we know you’ve had to rest a lot but you need more, in between daily tasks your body needs enough opportunity to recover. Get enough sleep because that will speed up the recovery procedure. Focus on healing.
Focus on alarming signals
Monitor your symptoms closely by checking blood pressure, sugar levels, etc on a regular basis and monitoring them. If you notice a pestering headache or fatigue, check with your physician.
Take your time
Give yourself some time to slowly adjust to your old routine, taking one day at a time. Don’t exert yourself by doing too much work. Keep it slow and take rest at regular intervals so that you give your body ample time to adjust back to its normal routine.
Take a nutritious diet
The most common practice to lead a healthy life that we all know but don’t follow is to better our diet. Include high protein and fibers in your diet with eggs “cause sunday ho ya monday roz khao Anday”, at least 1 fruit a day, nutritious veggies, and safe poultry to compensate for the lost appetite.
Avoid binging on junk foods for a while.
Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind!
Some exercise for your brain
Exercising your brain is what’s going to help you gradually get back your concentration levels on track. Invest some time in solving puzzles, memory games, and activities that make you think harder. A little KBC might help. haainnnn!!!!
After Brain comes Muscles
Gradually including light exercises in your everyday schedule will make you both physically and mentally healthy. Walking, light yoga, breathing exercises, etc. will help you gain strength and endurance back.
Just make sure you exercise in a socially distanced environment and open areas.
Follow this link for more information on exercises and how to take care of your heart and lungs: Click here
HOW LONG DOES ONE NEED TO RECOVER AND WHEN TO TAKE A VACCINE POST COVID?
Now, the big question which everyone is asking.
When and which vaccine should I take?
The answer is rather simple. Have a look:
For people who have contracted the disease after the first dose
- It is advised to wait for at least two to six weeks to take your second dose post-recovery.
For people who have contracted the disease and have not got the first dose
- You should wait 90 days as there are already antibodies in the immune system, which means you will not be able to develop a robust immune response to the vaccine.
But when you are ready for the vaccine you would have already seen your friends, relatives, or acquaintances receiving their COVID vaccine, but you have also heard of side effects such as fever, body aches, headaches, and more. While the side effects may sound scary, it does not mean that you have to suffer through them to a full extent. There’s always a doctor who will give medicines and multivitamins to cope with this, so don’t be afraid and
“chal beta vaccine le le ree”.
So if you are ready to roll and get your jab let’s find you a slot by clicking here.
Which Vaccine should you go for? COVAXIN or COVISHIELD
Well, in the present context, it is safe to say that ‘Jo mile wo lagwa lo’
As per the leading medical portals and doctors, both vaccines are equally safe when it comes to building immunity. There’s however a slight difference in their efficacy rates which is actually marginal.
(Note: Please check with your physician if you or any of your family members have any underlying body conditions which can pose complications before going for the vaccination)
Both will have their fair share of side effects which you will experience like fever, body pain, malaise, fatigue to name a few. These effects can last up to 24-48 hours ideally but can vary depending on body type.
You can read the below PDFs or watch the video to get details about the vaccines:
When can kids get their vaccine shots?
The immune system in children could vary greatly depending on age. A 6-year-old will have a very different immunity than a 16-year-old. Medical trials for vaccines involving children usually undergo stricter protocols than involving adults. Some pharma companies have already started trials for these vaccines and we will soon have them.
** Check out these links from WHO and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for more insights.