How should students tackle anxiety during COVID-19
Anxiety-related to the exam is the biggest threat to a student’s preparation. All of us at some point may have faced it during our school or college days. These days Covid-19 is posing a big challenge for students who have their exams pending. Many students have reported lack of enthusiasm citing no confirmed dates, reported by the examination authority.
Mental health is equally important in a student’s development as physical health. It could be minor for some students means it fades easily after they are preoccupied with something else. But for some students, it can be fatal because not every student is the same. Some have strong will power while some have a fragile will-power. But instead of understanding their state of minds parents and teachers often exaggerate it unknowingly. They don’t understand at what scale it could affect the thinking process of the child and damage his state of mind. In these tough times of uncertainties, we should stand for our students and help them with all we can do.
There are many types of anxiety in students for example Phobias related to exams, subjects etc or, Panics etc. It is very important to diagnose the symptoms in the early stages and working on it. The parents and teachers have a very important role in being vigilant about the child’s activities. Just monitor your child’s activities viz which things make him anxious? Or which things comfort him? In this article, we will try to shed some light on tips for parents and teachers that could help to tackle the grave situation.
#1 A meetup with a Counsellor
Eradicating anxiety is a 2-step process that should be followed diligently while dealing with it. The first step is the diagnosis, and the second is an effective treatment. As soon as you find out the problem set up a meet with a counsellor. They are the best source to consult then. A counsellor supports and guides the student with positive thoughts and better ideas to fight the problems. In case of a severe problem, they also prescribe relaxing medication to the patient.
#2 Regular exercise to tackle anxiety
Exercise is the solution to a lot of modern health problems. It may be hard to believe but sometimes mental health is affected positively by regular exercise. Exercise helps the body in releasing relaxing hormones in the body which indirectly calms and relaxes the mind and brain of the person.
#3 Eat well to knock out anxiety
A famous saying goes by “What goes inside reflects outside”. This is exactly what happens with the food we eat. If you keep on gobbling fast-food, fried food it will make you lethargic making your thinking process slow. The filtered carbohydrate, unhealthy fat affects the body negatively thus causing internal chaos. Therefore, it is very important that the diet consists of items that are high in protein, fibre and essential vitamins. You can add season fruits, nuts all in your diet instead of junk food.
#4 Practice Yoga for relaxation
Yoga is the gift of ancient people to India and the world. Name any problem physical, mental and yoga will provide the solution. Many types of research have been done to prove its worth. It helps because while doing any yoga pose you are subjected to deep breathing and stretching that helps in calming the mind and supply enough oxygen to the brain. Some yoga poses also help in releasing muscles tension and proper blood flow causing an overall soothing effect.
#6 Stay away from triggering elements
Since younger days we are taught that facing the problems helps in tackling the problem in a better way. But this is not the case with anxiety is often seen that when the patient confronts the situation that could trigger him. The result can be fatal in those cases in which the condition is fragile. So, it is advisable to avoid the triggering elements while the patient is undergoing treatment.
#7 Spend time with your family
The only positive benefit that people are experiencing with COVID-19 is all the family members under one roof. Earlier, everyone was busy in their own lives but this situation has paused our lives. This is a good time to bond with the family members, discuss your problems with them. This will really make you feel better and help in reversing your anxieties.