Answering an old phone

Community Psychiatry’s Pavan Madan, M.D. was featured in Reader’s Digest discussing how 2020 can be beneficial for introspection. 

Why 2020 Might Have Been the Wake-Up Call We Needed

Elizabeth Yuko, 06/16/2020 | Reader’s Digest

It may seem like things are falling apart this year, but it’s actually a new beginning.

The year everything changed

It’s no secret that 2020 has been rough so far. The year started out with massive bushfires in Australia, then quickly segued into the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, once states started the process of reopening at the end of May, George Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis and it was caught on video, providing graphic visuals to the plague of police violence that never seems to improve. Since then, there have been protests in all 50 states against racial injustice, some of which have turned violent—many at the hands of police officers. Adding to everything is the upcoming presidential election in November, coming at a time when the country is extremely divided.

It has made us realize how social we actually are

For many of us, this is the start of our fourth month in lockdown. If you’re been quarantining with your family, partner, or roommates, you may wish you had more alone-time. But for those who live alone, the isolation has been a lot. “Many people had to come to terms with their difficult and complicated emotions during this very trying and unprecedented time,” Pavan Madan, MD, a psychiatrist at Community Psychiatry, tells Reader’s Digest. “Humans are social animals. Research has shown that good social support is protective in preventing and treating several mental health conditions, including depression. While social isolation has made it difficult for some to have the support, others have become acutely aware of the impact of social isolation on their lives and have taken steps to keep in touch with their family and friends more than ever before.”

It has made us pay attention to what we’re eating

For a lot of people, making their own meals is the norm. But for others, the pandemic was a rude awakening. Sure, delivery was available in some places, but people started getting used to cooking for themselves—a trend that will ideally continue once the pandemic ends. “Good nutrition is essential for both our physical and mental well-being,” Madan explains. “This may have been a wake-up call for many about what they have been putting into their bodies. When people cook their own food, they become aware of what goes into the meals they eat; this awareness usually propels people to be more mindful of choosing healthy meal options and eating at regular intervals—avoiding binge eating or yo-yo dieting.”

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