The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has proved to be a public health crisis. The outbreak that started in China nearly 6 months ago has now spread to the entire world. Currently, the global death toll stands at 294,000, and the number of confirmed cases at 4.3 million.
However, this pandemic has also led to a mental health crisis.
COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt, with travel suspended, educational institutions closed, and all offices and shops closed. People have been locked inside their own homes for months on end, with no clue of what comes next or when any of this ends.
Such uncertainty is bound to lead to feelings of anxiety and restlessness in people. However, it is important to deal with these feelings the best we can.
Here is what we can do to take care of our mental health during this pandemic.
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HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?
OWN UP TO YOUR FEELINGS
Feeling restless and anxious at times like this is normal. Almost everyone is feeling the same way. However, a big obstacle to dealing with these feelings is denying that they exist at all. Trying to repress these feelings or push them down will only do harm. They can get bottled up and express themselves in a rather dangerous way.
“We need to acknowledge that it’s difficult for us all and it does bring up very primitive emotions of fear and anxiety. No certainty is in place at the moment,” says Jennie Cummings-Knight. Cummings-Knight is a psychotherapeutic counselor.
DON’T LOOK FOR UPDATES ALL THE TIME
The constant information overload about everything that is happening around the globe, everything that isn’t, and the uncertainty that nothing might for no one knows how long is not good for your mental health, to say the least. The confusion and uncertainty as a consequence of constant news updates can be avoided.
According to Cummings-Knight –
“Perhaps do a quick update daily, if you must, maybe not as often as that.”
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STICK TO THE BASICS
You’re afraid of the danger that the virus poses to you, so you try to know everything there is to know about protecting yourself from the same. This is not only exhausting but also scary. If a large amount of instructions scare you, go back to the basics.
Health experts all over the world have said multiple times that basic habits can go a long way in preventing infection. Wash your hands regularly, maintain social distancing, and don’t touch your face. When having to follow a 50-page document seems daunting, just follow these 3 steps.