While it is true that there are no particular whys and hows for someone’s mental health to take a nosedive, the ongoing 21-days lockdown in India ain’t exactly the recipe of health- whether mental or physical. So, while most of our celebs were busy amping up their cooking skills and acing tough workouts, actress Richa Chadha focused the light on the mostly-sidestepped and blatantly -avoided part of our lives- our mental health, which has surely taken a hit, what with days of social distancing, staying constantly at home, and the fear of coronavirus crippling us.
Richa Chadha herself has been beating back the lockdown blues with a new parody series she has started on Instagram, where she appears in the personas of eccentric and funny news reporters via which she commented on the information overload caused by the coronavirus pandemic related news coming from, literally, EVERYWHERE.
But today, on the occasion of World Health Day, Richa Chadha set aside the diversion and penned an honest and heartfelt note, detailing the precautious state our mental health is in these days, amidst the lockdown, and stressed on the need to take care of our mental well being as well.
“Today is #WorldHealthDay ! My brother took this photo for me… Like so many people, I had been waking up with ANXIETY in the first week of this lockdown… I would get up and immediately check the death toll from this lethal virus and feel extremely sad… I’d worry about the migrant labour, daily wagers and the homeless people, have sleepless nights after looking at their images or watching the news…,” she wrote, sharing a picture from her meditation session on Instagram.
“The thought of the crashing economy would make me so nervous… I felt , I could tap into the energy of the universe and it was so heavy… So I made it a habit to get up and #meditate every day… and of course I am using comedy to alleviate stress all around… ! Today is #WorldHealthday and a lot of people will speak about #coronavirus , as they should… But this #lockdown, #socialdistancing, #selfisolating is not going to be easy for our #MENTALHEALTH,” Richa Chadha added.
Her post underlines the fact that the coronavirus pandemic induced nationwide lockdown is wreaking havoc on many’s people’s mental health, and yet the deep-rooted stigma derails its open discussion.