Effect of pandemic over brains – management through community-based rehabilitation By Dr. Subhrita Ganguly

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Mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which a person realizes their abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to their community.”

                 we all are dealing with this pandemic in our way & most of us are talking about its effects on the human body physically, very few are noticing & lesser are accepting its adverse effect on brains. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income are triggering the fear of losing life, education, career, success, or resources. Pandemic has affected all of us either directly or indirectly. SARS -COV-2 itself leads to neurological and mental conditions. People with pre-existing neurological and mental conditions are more vulnerable to this virus & the situation. Those with no ailments and disability physically or mentally are also affected during this pandemic situation & are dealing with emotional lability. 

Community-based rehabilitation is defined as “a strategy within general community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities and social inclusion of all people with disability.” All of us are facing mental stress without knowing about our irritability, forgetfulness, carelessness, confusion, anger, anxiety, or depression. In this scenario, most of us are stressed out in our day-to-day lives and unable to cope with the normal stresses of life. Group sessions of CBR can help people realize their abilities to work productively. 

Simple mantras for a stress-free life

  1. Go easy when you are anxious or depressed
  2. Do what you enjoy 
  3. Leisure and recreational activities
  4. Talking sessions
  5. Group activities such as relaxing together and games
  6. Music therapy to ease the mind 
  7. Avoid crowds with negativity
  8. Exercise according to your ability
  9. Stay active in a positive way, physically or mentally
  10. Self-help groups


Dr. Subhrita Ganguly (PT)

B.P.T. ,C.D.N.P


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