“Knowledge is power, but applied knowledge is a superpower”.
Dear friends as “COVID 19” has been progressive in many parts of the world. I aim to write down the post from psychological, mental, medical, and Ayurvedic perspectives to create general awareness and boost my readers’ psychological and morale. (You may also like Regarding my experience of working in covid ICU civil hospital, Ahmedabad)
I am working at B.J.Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India as faculty in Public health. Looking at the present scenario and circumstances, we are asked to get ready to manage the patient of COVID 19 in an isolation ward and ICU (Intensive care units). We are in “war footing” mode and while writing this post many of my physician, anesthetist, staff nurse, and paramedic staff are constantly busy and engaged in the treatment of patients. ( i.e.management of “COVID 19 “patient).Some of the key points that I would like to discuss and highlight in this emergency are.
1.During such calamities, many people are under lots of physical and mental stress. The best strategies to deal with the stress are to focus on a simple diet, lightweight exercise, regular sleep. During such adverse situations and circumstances, there is an increase in various stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, etc. Deep breathing exercises (Pranayam), Anulom vilom Pranayam, and meditation (up to 30 minutes) would be of great help to counter and fight stress and boost your immune system.
2.As per Advice and Guidelines of Health Experts, Nutritionist, international Health organizations, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and intake citrus food should be supplemented as they are rich in micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, which will help to boost your immunity, strengthen and enhance body’s defense system. Also, increase the frequency of water intake. Herbs like Garlic, Ginger, and Tulsi( Holy basil) when consumed with tea and other hot drink has a good role in uplifting immunity.
3.First and foremost thing is to protect yourself. There is a new modality in public health👉 i.e. “Prevention is the only cure”.Use of facemask when you move outside the house, maintain strict and stringent social distancing, frequent hand washing up to 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer. While coughing or sneezing cover your face with a handkerchief or use tissue paper (discard it safely). If you have a fever, dry cough, and difficult breathing kindly call “COVID-19 helpline” or consult your physician. Kindly avoid self-medication.
4.Focus on your immunity, psychological, mental, and emotional health. If possible, kindly avoid or moderate or restrict the use of television and net surfing of information-related viruses because we already know and are well-versed about most things. At least watch the news related to “COVID 19” from an authentic source for 30 minutes to know highlights and situations in your area and country. Don’t see repeatedly the number of cases and death, as you are not watching cricket matches or following the stock market.
5.Avoid forwarding “life-threatening messages and images” to your what’s groups as everyone has not strong willpower and mental strength to handle the situation.
6.If possible during free hours, listen to any soothing music, read any inspirational, motivational and spiritual book. One can also play indoor games with children or get involved with them in storytelling.
7.Remember the most important thing that your optimistic attitude and positive thinking will boost your immunity and vice Versa. It’s a Psychoneuroimmunology i.e. Effect of psyche and mood on your body defense system.
8.last but not least remember there is a great saying “This is too pass”.
Be positive, Be optimistic and Be safe.
9. Don’t forget to share this information with your near and dear ones.
“The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.”
- Benjamin Discracli
Thanks for reading.
Namaste and by for now 🙏🙏🙏
(This article is the belongs to personal experience of our guest writer)
Dr. prakashchandra ghoghra