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Mental health amidst the pandemic

With the challenging times due to the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone is facing numerous difficulties - health, financial, personal, etc. which ultimately affects our mental health. Uncertainty about the future is the biggest concern in all our minds. Millions are unemployed, and they don't know when they are going to see their next paycheck. Small businesses forced to close their doors, taking the most substantial hit. Parents are struggling to put food on the tables and children struggling to learn from home. Adding insult to the injury is the fear of contracting this terrible infection and social distancing.  Even the most focused mind and most robust heart could crush under these unprecedented circumstances. So it is paramount that we understand the complexities of human emotions and handle it with care.

                 Mental health is all about nurturing the mind. Just like maintaining a garden with watering, fertilizing, weeding, and pruning, it requires time and commitment. It is a process and not a short term goal. You are in the driver's seat, so steer your life in the right direction, and no matter where your destination is, make your journey an enjoyable one. 

Author
Dr. Chandrasekaran Aparna Chandrasekaran, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Her primary area of care is centered around screening, preventing and management of overweight/ obesity. She offers a comprehensive medically supervised weight loss program at Jersey Medical Weight Loss Center, Somerset,NJ. She is a member of Obesity Medicine Association and is actively involved in spreading awareness about Obesity through her blogs, radio show, and presentations. Her article " Body Mass Index-Is It Reliable Indicator of Obesity" got published in the Journal of Nutrition & Weight Loss in February 2018.

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