The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a new normal, especially for working professionals. It has triggered stressors in all areas and the majority of them have cited balancing work-life as one of the major contributors to this. The 24×7 ‘always on’ culture means there could be meetings any time of the day, wherever you are and the instantaneous response has become the norm. There are statistics to show that remote workers may be clocking in an additional 60 hours a month in the wake of the pandemic.
Hyperconnectivity and digital communication may have bridged many barriers but what they have also done is to wreak havoc on our personal lives. The outcome? Compromised productivity, information overload, constant distraction, and eventual burnout. Given how this situation is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future, the onus is on us as individuals to strike a balance and ensure that we do not compromise on our well-being and overall health.
As per various studies, multitasking can hamper productivity and the quality of work. A better idea would be to focus on one thing at a time rather than having your feet in two boats at the same time. While smartphones mean that we have that constant urge to respond to an email or a message, it is important to cut off beyond a point. Setting some boundaries can help manage this constant conflict of being responsive always.
Engage in some deep breathing exercises as they can help in increasing the body’s oxygen levels. This will further improve brain functioning, calm down the nervous system, cleanse the lungs and facilitate quality sleep. The 4-7-8 breathing technique, also known as “relaxing breath,” involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds and exhaling for 8 seconds. This breathing pattern aims to reduce anxiety or help people get to sleep. Some proponents claim that the method helps people get to sleep in 1 minute.
Healthy food and exercise
The body and mind go hand in hand. When there is stress, it not only hampers the brain but also the body. This can be balanced by eating healthy food and getting adequate physical activity. Exercising releases endorphins that help in stabilising mood, improving sleep and increasing self-esteem. A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains improves the immune system and counters deficiencies that lead to headaches, fatigue, stress and anxiety.
Demarcate your space at home
It is crucial to figure out how to properly work with other family members in the house. Given how there will be other responsibilities to juggle, make sure you have a dedicated workspace at home which is sacrosanct. Choose and allocate time for each task on your to-do list and in case you have meetings to attend, do so in a space that allows you to focus.
Let go of guilt
Guilt is a destructive emotion and can impact our health and well-being negatively. It is important to be realistic about what you have set out to do and understand that it may not be possible to manage too many chores together. Stop worrying about things that may not be in your control, give yourself a break and focus on the task at hand.
It is easy to get sucked into the constant work mode during this uncertain period. There is a lot to process when both work and living conditions are changing every day. While you may understandably be feeling unsettled at this time and focusing on how to improve work and the financial situation, the truth is that we all need a break from the routine every once in a while. Work and family are two integral parts of our life and must be balanced. Following these simple steps can ensure just that and pave way for better health.
The writer is a psychologist at United We Care.
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India’s daily Covid cases are at a four-month low ahead of the festive season
India’s Covid-19 infection tally fell below 2,000 for the first time in four months on Tuesday, with the country recording 1,968 new infections in the previous 24 hours. Over 26,300 new infections were reported in India in the week ending October 2.
After two years of muted celebrations due to the virus, the latest dip is being viewed as a respite by thousands across the country.
Here are some of the most recent updates on the country’s pandemic situation:
- The daily Covid tally on Tuesday was the lowest in 133 days. On May 23, a total of 1,675 cases were reported in a 24-hour period.
- According to data from the Union Health Ministry, the number of active cases has also decreased by 1,528 in the last 24 hours, to 34,598. Active cases currently account for 0.08 percent of all cases.
- According to the reports, the daily positivity rate was 0.94 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 1.29 percent.
- The nationwide Covid-19 death toll has risen to 5,28,716 with 15 fatalities, including eight deaths reconciled by Kerala, according to data updated by the ministry.
- According to state data, the national capital reported 39 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra reported 186 new infections, with Mumbai accounting for 66 of them.
- On Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh reported 13 new cases, J&K reported 11 cases, and Gujarat reported 62 infections.
- The southern state of Tamil Nadu saw 461 new infections, which was slightly higher than the state average. Telangana had 73 cases reported.
Vietnam reports its first case of monkeypox
Health officials in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City announced the country’s first case of monkeypox on Monday, according to the state-run Vietnamnet newspaper, without providing any details on the patient.
According to the reports, Mainland China reported its first case of monkeypox last month in the western megacity of Chongqing in a traveller who arrived from abroad.
The traveller arrived in China on an unspecified date, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing the Chongqing health commission. The traveller developed a rash and other symptoms while being quarantined in accordance with COVID-19 controls, a practice that affects anyone arriving from abroad, according to the WSJ.
After reviewing test results, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the monkeypox case. According to the report, the traveller is being treated at a designated hospital and is in good condition.
What is The Full Meaning of Health?
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health may refer to the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social conditions through changes in lifestyle or self-care.
The word “health” is sometimes used as an abbreviation for “health care”, although health care is only one part of what is meant by health. For example, one might speak about the benefits of “going to the doctor” or “taking medicine”, or the costs of not getting enough sleep or exercise.
There are many other factors that impact on health each day: nutrition(the food we eat), childhood experiences (the way we were raised), quality of medical care (the drugs and surgery used), genetics (how strong our immune system is), stress levels (whether we feel anxious or depressed), environmental exposure to chemicals and toxins (pesticides on crops, exhaust from cars) and so on .
Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. An important way to promote health is to prevent disease, which can be accomplished through immunization programs and screening for early signs of disease. Promotion of good health often involves advice and education about healthy eating habits, exercise, hygiene, self-care, preventive measures against infectious diseases and other health practices. Health care systems are organizations established to meet the health needs of target populations.
Why do we need a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle refers to the habits that help people live longer and healthier lives. A healthy lifestyle includes:
Eating a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables.
Not smoking cigarettes.
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.
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