The COVID-19 pandemic is an anxious and uncertain time

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about grave amounts of fear

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This can lead to anxiety and affect our mental health

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The Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS) has noticed a rise in the number of patients suffering from mental illness after the outbreak of coronavirus in India

A recent survey conducted by them revealed there has been a 20 % rise in mental illness cases, with at least 1 in 5 Indians suffering from it, India Today reported

Here are some simple steps that could help people stay calm and positive:

1. Connect with others

Video calls with friends and family can help beat isolation

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2. Acknowledge the boredom

Expand your awareness to situation in the most productive way

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3. Talk about your worries

Sharing your feelings with family and friends

4. Think about your new daily routine

Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines

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5. Set goals

Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose

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6. Keep your mind active

Read, write, play games, paint. Find something that works for you

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7. Ask for help when needed

Ask for help. It is not possible to do everything