Laughter, physical exercise best strategies for managing stress during pandemic: Dr Lenin
Physical exercise can help lower overall stress levels and improve the quality of life, both mentally and physically, the professor and head, Department of Psychiatry, RIMS Imphal stated.
As a part of Fit India Movement, the fifth talk of the Virtual Series of National Talks, organised by Fit India Campaign Committee and Fit India Club, Manipur University, was held on Wednesday.
During the virtual talk, professor and head, Department of Psychiatry, RIMS Imphal, Dr RK Lenin Singh gave a lecture on ‘Stress Management during Pandemic’.
The session was moderated by dean of Students’ Welfare Manipur University and chairman of Fit India Club, MU, Dr Laimayum Bishwanath Sharma and co-moderated by assistant professor of Department of Statistics, MU, Dr Salam Shantikumar Singh and convener of Fit India Campaign Committee and Fit India Club, MU, Dr Laishram Santosh Singh.
A release by Fit India Campaign Committee and Fit India Club, MU stated that at the very outset, Dr RK Lenin Singh mentioned that the modern world is a world of stress. He said that people have been coping well with the stress during the normal time before the pandemic. However, with the coming of sudden pandemic, life has become difficult with more stress among the people.
There is no life without challenges, but people need to do something to overcome such challenges. Similarly, there are no people without stress, but management is required. It is not good to keep holding the stress and it is better to ventilate the stress as fast as possible, he said.
He has explained different kinds of stressors, types of stress and different indicators of stress in a human’s body, mind, emotions and behaviour. Response of the brain towards an acute stress leads to decrease in digestive system activity, increase in blood pressure and increase in heart rate. Chronic stress may lead to skin problems, stomach problems, problems relating to pancreas, immune system, head problems, heart problems, intestine problems, problems in reproductive system and problems in joints and muscles, the release stated.
In his lecture, Dr Lenin also mentioned that laughter is a great form of stress management. “A good laugh has great short term and long term positive effects. Exercise is one of the best strategies for managing stress. Physical exercise can help lower overall stress levels and improve the quality of life, both mentally and physically,” he said.
It further said that talking about COVID-19 pandemic and mental health, he has mentioned that this pandemic is creating various problems in mental health of the people like fear and apprehension, sleep disturbance, change in appetite, difficulty in adaptability, irritability, boredom and frustration, domestic violence, substance abuse and even worried well also.
He also mentioned lack of knowledge of COVID-19, lack of healthy behaviours, news of lack in effective treatment, economic problems and impact of social media. Moreover, quarantine, lockdown and curfew itself are some of the major factors worsening fear and panic among the people, he added. He has advised all the people with comorbidities to take the vaccine at the earliest possible after consultation, the release stated.