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Find out how U can restore balance & bring back positivity in UR life

Shayamal Vallabhjee

Sports Scientist & Psychologist

3 min read

The lack of emotional positivity is one of the most dominant issues faced by post-COVID-19 patients or COVID-19 survivors. Patients tend to increasingly feel more isolated which affects their health, behavior, and performance. This emotional contagion of fear and anxiety needs a solution. The answer lies in embracing a strong support system. Whether it is a family, friend, or professional, it is important to note that there is always someone who can hear you out, if U are stressed or worried. Speaking UR heart out with them is important.

Indulging in practices such as meditation, chanting, and breathwork/breathing techniques improves the physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This calms UR entire neurological system to feel, observe and sense better. It brings a feeling of balance, focus to enable good concentration. Resultantly, U make better decisions. Eager to know the science behind these methods?

Meditation flushes out the hormones of adrenaline and cortisol that triggers stress. As such, U feel relaxed with everyday practice of these routines. U can choose to do it for as less than 2-3 minutes or for as long as 20-30 minutes per day.

Meditation is the best gift U can give URself.

Other habits to enhance UR will-power during COVID-19

• Spending time in nature every day for 10-15 minutes is an immensely powerful experience. It energizes you to the core.

• If U are fond of musical instruments, then playing or hearing them is greatly beneficial for the mind. Music has beautiful vibrational states.

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• Undergoing theta waves for the mind is yet another way to feel good. These generate a theta rhythm which is a neural oscillation. It helps to improve cognition.

• Try practicing positive phrases such as “Dear universe, please give me the reason to smile.” The daily repetition of these phrases has a positive influence on the mind.

• Express gratitude, compassion, and love to others. These emotions have a high vibrational power, which is ultimately good for the brain.

Brain science behind emotional states U go through

Ever heard of amygdala? A collection of cells near lower the end of UR brain, this tiny structure is the brain’s alarm system. It looks for threats even when threats do not exist. So, if U go through a bad emotional state and feel that no one understands you, or no one respects you, or no one cares for you, it’s not U, but the amygdala who’s talking! It doesn’t work from a rational place.

On the other hand, the prefrontal cortex, covering the front part of the frontal lobe, is responsible for qualitative decision making. It works on a rational basis.

Similarly, breathwork/breathing techniques, long exhalations, expressing compassion, and chanting, stimulate the prefrontal cortex. The more U practice breathwork, the higher vibrational states U achieve.
How can U push URselves towards a habit change like meditation or breathwork?

Habit change is not easy. But, to push URselves, think of a question, “Who do I aspire to be? And, what are the habits should I follow to achieve it?” If there’s a malalignment between who U are and what U want to be, U never sustain a habit change. Knowing URself is important. It’s a gateway to remove all kinds of emotional stress and stay positive—even during COVID.