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Home alone , many fight panic and paranoia, experts say follow routine

Awaiting her first baby any day, Ritika Singh is excited but also so anxious that she can t sleep with fears she might transmit the coronavirus to her unborn child clouding her mind and filling the long night hours with dread. As millions of Indians live the next three weeks under an unprecedented lockdown, trapped in their homes and isolated from the world, 26-year-old Ritika is just one of those battling their thoughts about what the future holds for them. The way out of the maze of the mind could be as simple as following a routine, not obsessing about the number of cases and fatalities, and doing relaxation exercises, said experts. The days pass mostly in boredom but it s the nights that are really difficult with panic, paranoia and helplessness setting in, said Ritika, a government employee who has taken maternity leave from her job in Jhansi and is with her parents in Varanasi. The long months of pregnancy are anyway full of varying emotions When I go to bed at night, I can t ..

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