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Getting Mentally Strong Post COVID

Dr Roshan Jain

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Apollo Hospitals, Bengaluru

2 min read


Good mental strength is an indication of a person’s ability to navigate their thoughts and ideas well. It is an important parameter that decides how a person’s life is going to be. Developing mental strength is a rigorous exercise and it comes with practice and patience.

Today, COVID-19 has put everyone in a strange situation where they face uncertainty. People, today, are uncertain about their careers, family, health and wealth. Patients who have overcome COVID-19 still suffer from issues such as social stigma, anxiety, stress and sleeplessness.

These can be overcome by developing resilience. Resilience is a person’s ability to navigate life smoothly. It can be developed by different techniques.

  1. Self-care: Good self-care helps develop self-confidence. U get to know more about URself through self-care. Habits like exercise and yoga form an essential part of self-care. The WHO recommends doing at-least 150 minutes of exercise in a week.

Stay connected with UR friends & family to reduce UR stress levels post COVID.


  1. Mind training through Meditation: A person’s mind is like a pendulum. It keeps going back and forth between the past and future. Lack of awareness in the present moment can take a toll on a person’s life. They will not be able to achieve their full potential. But, this practice can be put to an end. Doing meditation at least 15 minutes early in the morning and 15 minutes before you go to bed can make U feel relaxed and calm.
  2. Adequate sleep: Sleep is an important body phenomenon that controls a lot of daily habits. Good sleep can promote healthy living besides aiding with developing good resilience.

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  1. Nutrition rich food: Good nutrients have great impact on both the mind and body. When the body gets enough vitamins and minerals, it runs at its best! Consuming a healthy diet and eating mindfully helps in developing resilience.

Besides these basic principles, the pandemic has taught us a very important lesson—the importance of connections in human life. Without these connections, a person cannot enjoy life to the fullest. As we have realized this, it is important to make a shift in our self-indulged lives. Maintaining connections should be taken as a priority. U can begin by staying connected with UR family, friends and professional network. This will help U to normalize the situation and reduce UR stress.

Lastly, attend a COVID rehab session where the right set of experts including psychiatrists, physiotherapists and medical practitioners can guide U in right way.