Be positive to keep good mental health amid Covid

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Be positive to keep good mental health amid Covid

Friday, 25 September 2020 | Staff Reporter | RAIPUR

The Covid crisis has put people under immense pressure, adversely impacting their mental health. A positive attitude and regular exercise can help one keep calm, said Dr Manoj Sahu of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College in Raipur on Thursday. 

“Students are unable to go to schools and colleges, people cannot move out, meet their friends or relatives and the fear of disease is making a serious negative impact on people’s mental health,” Dr Sahu said in a press release. 

The symptoms of mental trouble caused by Covid-19 include irregular sleep, urge to cry, irritation, problem in taking rest, worry, feeling physically exhausted, weakness, guilt, problem in smiling or being happy and trouble in following a daily routine, Dr Sahu said.

He said that some cases physical symptoms like stomach ache, dysentery, headache, body pain, decreased appetite or excessive eating, sweating or cold, shock or muscle cramps and increased heartbeat have been noted. 

“In some cases, the patient has trouble focusing, has excessive negative thoughts and in a few cases they even lose interest in life,” Dr Sahu said.

In these conditions, people should adopt a positive mental attitude and focus on solving problems with available resources, he said, adding people should take care of their food habits and do not hesitate to consult a psychologist if needed.

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