IT is natural to feel anxious and stressed when we sense danger lurking around us. It is our mind’s way of warning us of unforeseen circumstances. And with events that have transpired the world over in the last one-and-a-half year, it is only natural to feel threatened, anxious and stressed; all at the same time.

After all, Covid is no joke. And apart from wrecking the people’s physical health, it has also destroyed them mentally and emotionally.

No matter how hard you try to control your thoughts, the truth is, sometimes, you cannot stop your mind from thinking ‘certain’ thoughts, stressing you out further.

The uncertainty element combined with the threat of Covid is only making things worse. While you can take extra precautions to keep yourself safe from the physical damage, unfortunately, most people don’t think much about their mental health, causing it to deteriorate further.

However, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you are both physically and mentally fit. You can start with physical exercise as it helps release stress from the body. And you can also engage yourself in mindfulness activities.

The authorities concerned too can play their part by continuously emphasising the need for better mental health.

Beenish Rafiq
Karachi

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2021

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