Indians suffering from all-time high stress levels, erratic sleep cycles & depression due to lockdown

Around 43% Indians suffer from depression, says a recent GOQii study.

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The more depressed you are, the more likely you are to not workout.
With consecutive lockdowns, job anxiety, layoffs, health scares, and an overall volatile environment, it’s no surprise that stress levels are at an all-time high and that the pandemic has witnessed a sudden spike in mental health issues.

A recent study by GOQii found that 43 per cent of Indians are struggling with depression and most are turning to unhealthy lifestyle habits to cope with the same. 57 per cent of the 10,000+ polled reported feeling tired or having little energy a few days a week.

More Exercise, Less Eating Out
The study also found those who reported depressive symptoms were less likely to work out or exercise and more likely to turn to outside food to cope with their depression.


35 per cent of those surveyed said they were unable to work out due to the effects of severe depression while 26 per cent of those who were unable to work out had moderate symptoms. 61 per cent of those with severe symptoms ate out at least once a week while 48 per cent of those with moderate symptoms did the same.

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Adding exercising to one's daily routine could help improve their mental health.

“Our study indicates that an increasing number of people across the country are dealing with mental health issues triggered by the spread of the coronavirus and the consequent lockdown,” said Vishal Gondal, founder, GOQii.

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“We at GOQii believe that preventive healthcare is the future and the only viable, long-term solution given the huge load on the healthcare system in India. Mental health has a huge impact on physical health and overall quality of life, hence addressing it sooner with a healthy and wholesome lifestyle is the only way ahead.”

Try A Little Self-Care
If you’ve been feeling depressed lately, Dr. Prakriti Poddar, director, Poddar Wellness Ltd, recommends a few practical ways to help keep your head above water.

  • Take good care of yourself – get enough sleep, eat nutritious food, and exercise regularly.
  • Reach out to family and friends if you are feeling lonely or sad and spend time with them.
  • Fight stress with exercise, meditation, and yoga.
  • Know yourself better – find your strengths and pay attention to what makes your symptoms worse. This can help your doctor or therapist.
  • Stick with your treatment plan. If you are on medicine, take it as prescribed. Do not skip sessions and tell your doctor what is and is not working for you.


Make Notes, Eat Healthy & Exercise Daily: 7 Ways To Fight Depression
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Stress and frustration can lead to depression, further affecting mental health.

While it is imperative to consult with a medical professional if symptoms of depression are noticed, certain modification in one's lifestyle can help in combatting mild depression. However, moderate to severe depression requires the treatment with medications.

Nevertheless lifestyle changes do help in recovering as well as preventing the condition and future episodes.

Dr Pallavi Aravind Joshi, Consultant Psychiatrist of Columbia Asia Hospital Whitefield (Bengaluru) shares 7 tips to combat depression.
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Go for a walk every day, jog, or swim. You can also join a Zumba class. Indulge in yoga or aerobics. Apart from keeping you fit and occupied, exercising can also boost mental health and infuse positivity in life by releasing feel-good hormones like endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. Exercise also channels out negative energy.
Go for a walk every day, jog, or swim. You can also join a Zumba class. Indulge in yoga or aerobics. Apart from keeping you fit and occupied, exercising can also boost mental health and infuse posit..
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Eating healthy not only helps you maintain your physical health, but also aids in your mental well-being. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, whole grains, low-fat dairy foods and fish in your diet. Also do not forget to drink a lot of water.
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It is imperative to maintain a work-life balance. Try to reassess your schedule and not to bring the office work home. Design your own ways to combat work related anxiety.
It is imperative to maintain a work-life balance. Try to reassess your schedule and not to bring the office work home. Design your own ways to combat work related anxiety.
Though the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine may act as instant mood enhancer, in long term, they serve only to worsen your mental health. So try to reduce your weekly consumption.
Though the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine may act as instant mood enhancer, in long term, they serve only to worsen your mental health. So try to reduce your weekly consumption.
Depression can cause distraction, and make you forget things and thus can result in creating confusion and thereby affecting self-esteem. A great way to deal with this is keeping reminders on your phone, or jotting down key points on sticky notes.
Depression can cause distraction, and make you forget things and thus can result in creating confusion and thereby affecting self-esteem. A great way to deal with this is keeping reminders on your p..
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Do not let your work stress keep you away from your family and friends. Spend time with your family. Meet your friends, go out for movies, make plans get together. Even a short phone call or text exchanges could work like magic on a stressful day.
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Remember it is okay to be not okay, but it is never okay to give up on yourself. Get up, dress smartly and go out in the world. Pamper yourself a little more. Make a list of the things which make you cheerful and do at least one thing every day.
Remember it is okay to be not okay, but it is never okay to give up on yourself. Get up, dress smartly and go out in the world. Pamper yourself a little more. Make a list of the things which make yo..
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