For the last few weeks, I have hardly been able to write much. There was no writer’s block. I just could not write anything at all. Our country is currently under the deadly second wave of the pandemic, and things are just not right here. There are deaths, people fighting for their lives, oxygen shortages, shortages of medicines and vaccines. The news is just getting worse each day, and it is just the worst kind of experience that we have all witnessed in our lives. All of these was taking an immense toll on my mental health. I realised this recently and made some necessary changes to my life right away.
1. Stopped reading, watching and listening to news
Not reading the news of course means that I am not informed about everything that is happening around me, but sometimes this refrain from all the news is actually the best thing to do for mental peace.
2. Reduced my time on social media
These days, social media has become quite a disturbing space. Yes, social media does have its bright side (with people reaching out to help each other during the pandemic), but there are drawbacks too in the form of misinformation, fake news and negativity. I have never been a great social media enthusiast and so staying away from social media was actually not very difficult.
3. Stayed away from toxicity
This has helped me immensely. Staying away from toxic conversations and difficult people have made life way more peaceful than it ever was. Sometimes you just need to block, unfollow and restrict difficult people just to keep yourself sane.
4. Conversed with the right people
I am an introvert and have a very small friend circle, but these few friends are the ones who have been with me through thick and thin. Each time I have an emotional breakdown now, I reach out to the right people and they always have my back.
5. Gave myself an hour each day
Managing all the chores with a clingy toddler does not come easy for me. Each day, I would end up tired and get anxious over little things. But things changed from the day I started devoting an hour to myself. I spend this hour quietly reading books or doodling.
6. Went for digital detoxification often
I went for digital detoxification once every week, uninstalled whatsapp, facebook and instagram for 10 days and stopped watching the forwarded whatsapp videos related to the pandemic. This was again easy for me since I am a stay-at-home mom right now. But it was very fulfilling for me.
7. Practised meditation
Of all things, eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking care of one’s health is very important right now. Since health implies physical and mental well-being, herein comes the importance of meditation. Meditation has been of great help in calming me down, relaxing me, reducing anger issues, and bring in a positive vibe. I regularly practise the guided meditations once or twice every day.
I am trying to keep hope alive at a time when things are actually falling apart all around me. I keep checking on my dear ones through phone calls, spend time with my little family and pray that my country overcomes this crisis soon.
Disclaimer: The ways to attain mental peace that I have discussed here are completely based on personal experience. If you feel you are experiencing any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention from a doctor, therapist or other professional healthcare provider.