It is a scary time to be alive and kicking. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has not only claimed thousands of lives but is also taking a severe toll on our mental health. As the world grapples with the uncertainty and loss of control that comes with this pandemic, millions are struggling with adjusting to this new ‘normal’.

Along with the fear of the virus, the nation-wide lockdown has many of us experiencing feelings of stress, loneliness, and anxiety. The endless scrolling on social media isn’t helping either. Instead of feeling a sense of connectedness, we are left with a feeling of despair and anxiety.

Practicing self-care and mindfulness can help you feel less stressed and lonely. There are a handful of Indian Instagram accounts that are doing a good job of promoting self-care and mental health wellness. If you’re spending your lockdown scrolling through Instagram, you might as well boost your oxytocin levels by following the right kind of accounts.

Here’s a list of five feel-good Instagram handles that will help you to practice self-care and keep a check on your mental health:

  1. Kaha Mind is an online counseling platform that allows people to seek help in the form of online therapy, or even in person Their Instagram account features cute illustrations promoting self-love and mental health. Their on-point doodles and scribbles will definitely bring a smile on your face. If you often experience days when you are being too hard on yourself, this is the account to follow!

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We can't get through difficult times alone. At times you will find yourself experiencing feelings of isolation while engaging in the process of social distancing. And while these practices are necessary it is also important that you work to find ways to decrease your feelings of social isolation.⁣ ⁣ In the midst of things, don't forget to reach out to the people closest to you. It doesn't mean you're weak, it just means you're human. And as a function of being human, you will find strength from your tribe. ⁣ ⁣ Being emotionally connected is the core of human interaction and helps us feel strong. ⁣ It’s important that you don't emotionally disconnect from the people you care about. Even though it will take a little more effort you can always -⁣ ⁣ – Schedule calls, virtual dates and even Netflix Party that we’re hearing so much about!⁣ – Join a virtual club online with friends. A cooking club or a book club or one that teaches you to make cocktails 😅⁣ – Remember to get support. From friends, family and even scheduling a therapy session of you feel like. ⁣ – Use social media smartly. Use it to stay connected and updated but limit your exposure to anything that makes you feel negative. ⁣ ⁣ Most importantly remember that this will pass and we’ll get through it together. #covid #staysafe #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #community #kahamind

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  1. It’s ok to talk provides people a safe space to share their experiences with mental health and wellbeing. They believe that talking about mental health is the first step towards breaking the stigma. Their Instagram handle is an extension of this safe space. There’s art, poetry, and useful tips and videos to help you keep your mental health in check.
  1. Pour The Heart Out, an initiative by psychologist Praneet Kaur, shares insightful videos and illustrations on mental health. If you are struggling with isolation during this lockdown, her 60-second videos on how to cope with this situation are a must-watch.
  1. The Happy Company provides people with a non-judgemental space to vent, and attempts to start a conversation around mental health. This account is filled with uplifting illustrations and relatable comics which do a good job in making you feel that you are not alone.
  1. Mental Health Talks India is an initiative by Ayushi Khemka and Adishi Gupta, aimed to create conversations around mental health in India. The platform provides people with a safe space on the Internet where people can share their mental health struggles. They have also been putting up small daily challenges to help people keep a check on their mental health during this lockdown.

P.S. If you’re struggling then do not hesitate to seek help. iCall psychosocial helpline – an initiative by Tata Institute of Social Sciences provides free tele-counselling sessions. You can reach out to them on 9152987821 (10 am -8 pm / mon-sat) or dial their special COVID helpline: 9152987820 (10 am-6 pm).