Relieving stress during pandemic | Sunday Observer

Relieving stress during pandemic

8 August, 2021

In the coming years, it is predicted that depression would be the second largest disease in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that currently 45 million people across the world suffer from mental illnesses. As noted by the British Mental Health Foundation (BMHF), the ability of perceiving things, maintaining sound relationships with others as well as controlling good and bad emotions is considered as the signs of mental health.

But, some mistakenly may not consider the mind as an integral part of the body. Undoubtedly, the word ‘health’ itself refers to both the health of the mind and body equally. A large number of people unfortunately may have a lot of misconceptions about health. For some people, in defining health, height and fatness have almost become a criterion. Mind is absolutely an integral part of the body.

Natural painkiller

Meditation is a proven natural painkiller which has been held captive for years without letting go. Meditation has got an amazing ability of relieving the physical pain. It is clear that by utilising the enormous potential of the mind, your negative and destructive thoughts can be overcome.

It is distinguished that the socio-economic cost involved with the mental health is that more attention should be directed to the mental health improvement than the treatments, given to mental disorders. It is also noted that the approach taken to improve mental health is related to the people’s behaviour as well.

In Buddhism, the development of mindfulness is one of the central concerns. The training programs on the practice of mindfulness have been scientifically found to be rather crucial. Buddhists accept that everything sits on the breath. Voluntary meditation is a voluntary introspection. It gives you an opportunity of gaining concentration and emotional control where you got to pay your attention to the breath and thereby increasing the attention.

During the global pandemic, you are forced to change your normal lifestyle. Healthcare workers may be overwhelmed; they are heavily occupied with heavy and tough schedules involved with many sleepless nights. Patients with depression, preexisting anxiety or psychosis may be overwhelmed by additional worries or fears, engulfed within them. Researchers point out that the people with substance abuse have a tendency of turning alarmingly to whatever they are able to get to manage their own addiction.

An additional burden of care and loss of support may be experienced by the caregivers while they lose time for the safety of themselves. Household units find that living in pressurised environments is rather stressful; spending so much time in small spaces may aggravate the stress fullness. Children and adolescents may complain that they have lost the structure, given by the school; it may give them worries and fears.

The ageing population is also badly affected. They have been cocooned away; losing the external support may be unbearable. Moreover, the older people may have the perception that once you are well over 70, you may be more vulnerable and no longer beneficial.

Challenged social structure

Having a social structure that is challenged by an invisible virus creates financial and employment instability. Amid anxiety, worries, fear and despair, the kind of meditation and mindfulness have entered into the mainstream culture.

In most cases, you understand that meditation is referred to a formal practice which is able to facilitate the interrogation and beautify your thoughts, your perception of yourself and the environment. As a helpful resource from different companies, over the millennia, people of many traditions have practised meditation in different ways.

Meditation is not only an Eastern tradition. Even in the Western society, meditation has rapidly spread. It is widely used as a therapeutic method too. Today, you can see that the interest in meditation is seen elsewhere in the world.

From all walks of life and among various races and religions, meditation appeals to such a large number of people. The reason is the fact that your mind works regardless of the race or religion that you belong to. The umbrella of mindfulness is a wider concept to which meditation belongs.

Your mind is the key to your happiness as well as misery and despair. Amid the scary times of the global pandemic, you can retain your often disturbed happiness with just a little time, spared on mindfulness.