The world is engaged in the most serious “civil health war” due to the novel coronavirus in nearly 20-21 years and Nepal is also not left untouched with this global health crisis.
The situation is incomparable yet reminds us of the SARS epidemic that happened approximately 17 years back.
There is a race against the time in campaigning and preparing for the battle, such as:
Ways to formulate and implement the most effective public and clinical treatment and logistics support measures… and more
There is no doubt that the world will win the battle of this pandemic, and the victory is just around the corner in the next few weeks, even though we are being optimistic.
Science and technology war can be won or lost which will be witnessed in the coming time. The earliest epidemic prevention and control on “human to human” transmission of the disease has led to the closure of many cities in many countries around the globe.
This worldwide blockage has resulted in a heavy loss in the financial sector as well as other resources.
Many posted on social media that the people were tired earlier than usual.
During their working days, they usually stayed up late for a short time. But now during this lockdown, they started sleeping at 10 o’clock.
A lot of people are thinking, when we are doing less work but still getting tired, how can this be possible?
The fatigue/restlessness we experience is more likely to be related to the mental load associated with COVID-19 than the physical load we usually bear.
Fatigue has both physiological and non-physiological reasons. The physiological reason for fatigue is we rest after hardcore work or when we get sick.
But studies have also shown that fatigue can be caused by some physical as well as psychological conditions, such as stress and anxiety.
This pandemic made people confused and fearful. All these feelings lead to poor sleep quality, which in turn makes people more tired and anxious.
To break the cycle, exercise is a useful tool. Walking or taking an online exercise class can make you feel tired. But in the long run, it will reduce your fatigue as your sleep quality improves.
Planning and setting goals is now both possible and necessary. Set a future date for unblocking and be prepared to reset it if necessary. Being optimistic about the future and looking forward to it will also help reduce anxiety and fatigue.
I feel that people can think about adaptation and transition during the current LOCKDOWN situation.
It will take time but in stages!
The first week of adaptation involves breaking away from previous ways of life and work and building new interactions like getting close to your families which we didn’t do while we were busy with our job or work.
These are usually achieved on the fourth or fifth day when your mind starts getting habituated for staying at home talking to family members unlike office talks, after which life begins to become more stable and predictable.
During the first few weeks of homestay, extrovert people may feel depressed and may cry but the opposite goes for introvert people who feel like the golden opportunity of staying away from people. This is a normal adaptation phase.
We shouldn’t worry too much, but rest assured that this will pass for most people and you will feel better next week.
The shift to a new environment can be helped by writing a reflective diary. It helps to write down your thoughts and feelings. Then you can review your progress and see how you adjust.
Full adaptation to the new lifestyle will take place in the next several months.
However, there is a time to realize that this can happen approximately three weeks after the start of homestay, when one may survive depression and low morale.
In this context, the fear is that the blockade/lockdown situation is now permanent but once that this stage is never going to over, the frustration might return.
The next lesson on how to maintain energy comes from observing people in a state of existence.
To avoid a state of apathy, depression, and lack of motivation, it is important to build a clear structure for your day. The plan gives us some control in life.
It helps prevent the accumulation of ‘leisure time’, which can make you very aware of realization and lead to a growing sense of drift.
This can make people feel isolated and indifferent, have a sound sleep, and do not neglect personal hygiene.
An extreme case of the living world shows that when we suddenly face this kind of epidemic situation, the survival instinct emerges.
And I appreciate the support that Nepalese people have shown for the lockdown.
Medical Student 4th Year,