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Opinion: Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On The Mental Health Of Women And How They Can Deal With It

Some studies show that the pre-existing gender gap in mental health, with women worse affected than men, has broadened critically during a COVID-19 pandemic

Opinion: Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On The Mental Health Of Women And How They Can Deal With It

New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic has had prejudices consequences on every part of society, but mental health risks being overlooked. The lockdown imposed by the government in different countries has taken a toll on people’s mental health and mainly in women’s. Undoubtedly, during these unprecedented times, the likelihood of rising mental health issues is high. Some studies show that the pre-existing gender gap in mental health, with women worse affected than men, has broadened critically during a pandemic.

This article elaborates on why women are bearing the emotional brunt of COVID-19. Well, several factors contribute to declining mental health. But, there is a lack of evidence of a single aspect which derives women’s deteriorating mental health. The life of women has changed significantly in the past six months as COVID-19 has disrupted daily routines.

Also Read: COVID-19 Is Causing Disruption To Critical Mental Health Services: World Health Organisation

Ways to Deal with Ongoing Pandemic Stress

Give Yourself Grace

Due to this reality, women have to shift their mindset and expectations to one acceptance and understanding of not others but also ourselves. Now, more than ever, we are required to give ourselves the grace to deal with this stress we have during this global pandemic.

Create A Support Circle

If you, as a woman, juggling in a specific area of life, find a group of women who are in an identical position and create a support circle. Else, connect with your friends through social media which is an excellent way to connect—staying connected means having the support of your companions in this challenging time.

Also Read: How To Take Care Of Mental Health Among Children During Coronavirus Pandemic And The Lockdown

Prioritise yourself

It is vital for you as a woman to prioritise yourself. You are not required to do it for hours or every day. It is not hard to prioritise when you have competing interests. You can try to do small things such as taking a bath or getting reading are enough. Try to seek for something that interests you and do that on regular basis.

Make Boundaries

Due to pandemic, everybody is at home that does not mean that they can call you anytime. So, it is better to create some boundaries, because you are a caregiver for your family, don’t you have to care-giving all time.

Prioritise Your Sleep

As a woman, you have to take an adequate amount of sleep. So, sleeping is vital to do all the tasks you need to do every day.

Fix A Time For Exercise

Find some ways to move your body; you can start exercising or put a mask and go walking. Moving up your body and going out is an excellent way to pent-up your ongoing stress. Additionally, if someone told you something works for them to cope up with anxiety does not mean that it will work for you also.

Also Read: How Yoga Can Improve Your Mental Health Especially During Coronavirus Pandemic

Learn To Be Comfortable With Uncertainty

It is now vital for us to be comfortable with this unprecedented routine. So, do not plan anything which can later lead to disappointment. Instead, live in the present and make it happier and memorable with small things that you love.

The year 2020 has tested women in all ways, and we were never prepared for this. Who would have thought that 2020 will bring such stress and we will be working from home? Are you feeling mental health issues? Then, it never too late to seek out for help and take medication. The key to it is to take the consultation and find healthy ways to relieve stress.

Also Read: Look After Your Mental Health During Coronavirus, Experts Predict Rise In Cases Of Anxiety And Panic

(Dr. Anuneet Sabharwal is a Delhi based psychiatrist with extensive experience of more than 10 years. He is also the Founder and Director of The Happy Tree.)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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