The devastation brought about by the pandemic has had a marked impact on the mental health of people globally. There has been a significant rise in extreme stress and anxiety given the economic uncertainty, unemployment, emotional strife, millions of deaths and unprecedented curbs on social interactions. While we may not be able to avoid anxiety and stress completely, we can surely keep a tab on our response to the triggers to mitigate their impact.
Anxiety is one of our most primal instincts to avoid threats. It helps us perform well, respond to threats and even protect us from harm. However, in chronic cases, it is essential to identify and work on coping with anxiety as it can cause one to be agitated, fearful and constantly on the edge. If left unaddressed, it soon begins to impact one’s daily activities, health, job performance and even relationships. People mistake anxiety as “normal” or as a byproduct of “stress” and often people are not even aware that they have an anxiety disorder.
We can either make things happen or allow them to happen to us. The barriers to moving forward are usually deep inside us. We give power to whatever we focus upon – limitations or possibilities. It is important to be cognizant of this fact and take charge of our lives instead of letting anxiety throw us off.
Here are some ways to cope with post Covid anxiety.
1. Accept & acknowledge – Don’t try to dismiss anxiety or uncertainty as unreal. Accept and acknowledge the signs to be able to get past the anxiousness. Rebuilding, post Covid, requires a lot of energy, support and focus. Don’t rush; take things at your own pace.
2. Break down tasks – Take things slow and break the anxiety-provoking tasks into smaller steps. Always start your day with activities that make you least anxious and gradually build up the confidence to add more to your plate; ease yourself into it.
3. Change the negatives to positives – Replace catastrophic thinking with exciting prospects. Flipping the switch is a great way to curb overthinking – replace every “What if this goes wrong?” with “What if this provides me with more opportunities?”
4. Focus on facts – Bring your attention to the facts and not the panic-laden thoughts. Remind yourself that there is a difference in possibility and probability. Take good care of yourself and take all precautions; do not assume the worst-case scenario for yourself. Focus on actions that can be taken and choose your response instead of reacting out of habitual negative choices.
5. Practice compassion – Notice how you are feeling from a space of compassion instead of being self-critical. Indulge in self-care activities, create & follow a routine and do not succumb to the pressure of feeling normal instantly. Focus on what makes you happy to encourage resilience.
6. Count your blessings – Take out time daily to focus on all the things in your life that you are grateful for. Not only does gratitude make you peaceful and happy but also raises the vibration as it is known to lower the cortisol levels in the body by 23%.
7. Seek support – Connect with friends and family and share how you feel instead of feeling isolated. Seek help from an expert in extreme cases so that you can manage your feelings in a better way instead of letting your health, work, relationships and life be gravely impacted by it all.
The majority of anxiety and stress stems from our interpretation of the external factors and the stories we make in our heads. Hence, we can learn and unlearn ways of coping with the same. Life goes through ebbs and flows and it is normal to feel anxious when things seem to be going downhill, however, it is important to remind oneself that an ‘up’ is round the corner. Take care of your mental and emotional health along with your physical health to experience a peaceful life. Psychotherapy, cognitive reframing skills, meditation, deep breathing, gratitude, journaling, good sleep, exercise and nutrition help in breaking the vicious cycle of stress and anxiety. Don’t let anxiety be relentless and seek help from an expert before it’s too late.
The author is a Psychotherapist, Life Alchemist, Coach & Healer, and Founder and Director of Gateway of Healing.
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Kashmiri ASHA worker serves as inspiration by donating blood 28 times
A 32-year-old woman named Bilqees Ara, an ASHA worker, has donated blood 28 times since 2012. She has served as an inspiration to others across the nation.
Bilqees, who is from the Handwara Tehsil in the Kupwara area of North Kashmir, stated that she understands the “importance of blood”.
She said that by donating a pint of blood, she not only saves a precious life but an entire family.
She began donating blood in 2012 and has since given 28 pints.
She expressed her gratitude and pride at being the saviour of so many patients in the Kashmir valley.
I’ve seen people cry helplessly as they try to get blood to save their loved ones, but I’m proud of myself because I’ve arranged blood for them as well. “I felt an inner joy after that,” she said.
In Kashmir, she is known as the “Blood Woman of Kashmir”.
She is a registered blood donor. Whenever a need arises, the officials at the Blood Bank at Handwara hospital call her and, within the shortest span of time, she makes herself available to donate blood.
Women should come forward and do this as there is nothing to be afraid of. This is to be done for society, she said. She also said that she wondered who else would do it if she refused.
If a person has blood and courage, why can’t he give it to someone else in a time of need? She asked.
Covid facilities to reduce in Delhi amid drop in cases
The Delhi government has closed 11 Covid care facilities because to a consistent reduction in cases. Two Covid Care Centers are operational at Ambedkar Nagar Hospital, which has 50 beds, and Balak Ram Hospital, which has 25 beds, according to a government report. Only five admissions were registered at Ambedkar Nagar Hospital over the past three months, while there were none at Balak Ram Hospital.
The number of patients has steadily decreased at the remaining CCCs as well, according to reports.
According to officials, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday decided to scale back the medical staff and infrastructure that had been deployed for COVID management in a planned manner. The health department will now formulate an action plan in response to this decision.
“The deven CCCs were closed and dismantled by Delhi government and one by the Centre and three others with total 4000 bed capacity- Radha Saomi Satsang ,Chattarpur, Sawan Kirpal, Burari , and Sant Nirankari, Burari- were closed but not yet dismantled”, officials said.
India’s daily covid tally falls below 5k with 4,858 new cases
India reported 4,858 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 806 fewer than yesterday, bringing the total to 4,45,39,046, according to data released by the Union health ministry on Monday. On the other hand, according to the health bulletin, the number of active cases rose to 48,027.
India has 0.11 percent of the infections that are still active, and the Covid recovery rate has risen to 98.71 percent. 2.76 percent was the daily positivity rate, while 1.78 percent was the weekly positivity rate.
Infections with the coronavirus are currently most common in Kerala, followed by Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, and West Bengal.
The health ministry stated that as many as 18 fatalities were reported today, taking the death toll to 5,28,355. This included eight deaths reconciled by Kerala.
According to the data available, 2.16 billion doses of vaccines have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide Covid vaccination drive.
On December 19, India’s Covid-19 total had reached one billion. On May 4 and June 23, respectively, last year, it reached the depressing milestones of two and three crore. On January 25 of this year, the number of Covid cases in the nation surpassed four crore.
Over 100 people suffer food poisoning in Manipur
Since Tuesday, over 100 people, including children, have been admitted to hospitals in the Senapati district of Manipur due to a possible case of food poisoning linked to a birthday celebration in the hilly state.
According to medical officer Dr. Th Veidai Shuru of PHC Paomata on Thursday, the majority of the patients, who are from the villages of Tungjoy and Tunggam, were admitted at the Public Health Centre (PHC) Paomata while some were in the Public Health Sub-Centre (PHSC) at Tungjoy.
From Tuesday onward through Wednesday, patients with complaints of loose motion, fever, and bodily soreness were admitted to health centres.
“Now most of the patients are getting relatively better, “said Dr Veidai.
According to reports from medical facilities, about 83 people have been released, and the 31 others are anticipated to leave soon.
According to the specialists, food poisoning is a possibility. According to locals, the primary cause may be the drinking of fermented fish chutney during birthday festivities.
“However, it will take at least 7 to 14 days to get the results for the samples which we collected and sent for testing and we’ve also collected blood samples to check other diseases, Dr Veidai said.”
Meanwhile, representatives from the food safety agency visited a village in the Senapati district to determine what was causing the widespread illness.
Does Medicaid Pay for Air Purifiers?
Medicaid services, as convenient as it sounds, might not be fulfilling enough to live a comfortable life for low-income families. Air purifiers are no more a luxury and have become a requirement to stay healthy. When we come to this, the real question is: does Medicaid pay for air purifiers?
The answer to this simple question is no. Medicaid does not cover air purifiers until and unless it is prescribed by a doctor if you are medically ill. This is not just enough to know; read on to have a better idea of how medicare works and what are your other options.
Does Medicaid Pay for Air Purifiers?
Medicaid is an insuranse plan which does not cover equipment lik air purifier, room heater, humidifier, dehumidifier, and air conditioner. The plan is only entitled to cover only those devices, which are Durable Medical Equipment.
For instance, Medicare is shown to provide Positive Airway Pressure machines if you are medically proven to have obstructive sleep apnea. However, in some cases, Medicaid may reimburse you with an air purifier and humidifier if you are medically proven for its need.
To do so, you must provide a proof showing authentication of your medical need, like a prescription or a letter of medical necessity. The plan only covers medical grade air purifiers and Air Purifier Mag has shared some of the best options that may help you get your air purifier cost covered under Medicaid easily.
Why Original Medicaid does not Include Air Purifier in their Part B?
Original Medicaid part B only covers the equipments under the DME category and since the plan does not categorize air purifiers as a DME, it’s not in the list. They rather believe it to be an environmental control equipment and not primarily medical in nature.
Same is the case with the other such appliances like humidifiers and room heaters that are designed to improve or manage health conditions.
Can you Ask a Doctor to Prescribe you An Air Purifier?
You can request your doctor to prescribe you an air purifier only if you really think it could bring a difference in your health status. Medical grade air purifiers, which use HEPA filters are usually prescribed by the doctors to look after health condiitons like asthma. In some cases, doctors can refuse to sign you a prescription considering its short term benefits.
Does Medicaid Advantage Plus Pay for Air Purifiers?
Medicaid Advantage Plus is a long-term health management solution for people with chronic condition who need health devices and tools in their homes and have access to both Medicare and Medicaid plans.
The MAP plan is offered by the companies associated with Medicaid to cover all the services laid down by the original Medicaid plan.
Unlike the original plan, as allowed by the fall enrollment of 2020, the Advantage plan is more likely to be helpful in covering the cost of health equipment like air conditioners and air purifiers. Coverage plans and type of health devices covered in the Advantage plan vary from one provider to another.
Which Durable Medical Equipment does Original Medicaid Part B Cover?
Medicaid, in general, covers the major chunk i.e. 80% of the Medicaid approved health equipment also called, durable medical equipment, to be used at home. To consider it a DME, Medicaid believes the equipment should be able to be repeatedly used, must only be useful for the sick, and restricted to home usage.
The equipment the plan will cover is based on the plan you choose and your health condition. Here’s a list of equipment Medicaid plan covers:
● Hospital beds
● Seat lifts
● Pacemaker monitors
● Blood glucose monitors
● Wheelchair lifts
● Heating pads
● Oxygen regulators
● Face masks
● Alternating pressure pads, mattresses
● Motorized wheelchair
● Heat lamps
● Sitz baths
Other Ways To Get Inssurance or Pay for an Air Purifier
Either when time is running out or there is no way out to get your prescription approved by Medicaid, you can opt for other ways to cover the expenses for your DME.
Private insurance: Even though FSA or HSA debit card isn’t allowed to be used on purchase of equipments, you can reimburse the amount by FSA after buying it from your own money. Most of the insurance providers cover air purifier as long as a proof is provided in terms of prescription or letter of medical necessaity.
Second Hand: You can always pay for the the equipment from your pocket. However, one needs to understand the cost difference if one opts for an insurance plan. You can directly pay and get second hand DME at half price from Facebook Market place, eBay, or any good thrift store.
Veterans Health Care: With the help of Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans and their spouses have the benefit of getting Medicaid copayment or the complete cost of DME.
Nonprofit Assistance: There are a number of nonprofit foundations and state programs, which help elderly with DME through low or interest-free loans and different programs. Visit your state’s site to have a better idea on the available programs.
India reports 5,108 new Covid cases in 24 hours
India reported 5,108 new Covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 44,510,057. According to data from the union health ministry, the country’s active caseload is 45,749, accounting for 0.1 per cent of total cases.
So far, a total of 4,39,36,092 people have been recovered, with 5,675 recovered in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in the country stands at 98.71 per cent.
The weekly positivity rate is 1.70 per cent, while the daily positivity rate is 1.44 per cent.
According to official data, approximately 89.02 crore samples have been tested for coronavirus in the country so far, with 3,55,231 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, India’s vaccination coverage has reached 215.67 crores, with 18.70 crores being precautionary (booster) doses. The vaccine doses have been administered to 19,25,881 people in the last 24 hours.
4.06 crore people aged 12-14 received their first dose, and 3.09 crore received their second. Over 6.18 crore people aged 15 to 18 received their first doses, with over 5.27 crore receiving a second dose.
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