Feeling anxious about the possibilities of a second wave of Corona Virus? Here are some useful tips to stay calm during this pandemic.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, plenty of us, even those who have not been infected by the virus, have found ourselves dealing with an overwhelming array of mixed emotions: anxiety, stress, worry, boredom, frustration, sadness, or loneliness. It is a frightening time. A number of us are in areas where the infection rates are sky-high, and others are pondering when it will hit them next? And all of us are watching the news wondering, when is this going to end? Without a doubt, the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus is the hardest fact to face.
Capsized travel plans, Public Health actions to extend social distancing, indefinite isolation, panic over resources, and information overload are all triggers in heightening feelings of anxiety. While these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of Corona Virus, taking care of your mental health and managing your feelings will certainly build the mental strength necessary to navigate through this difficult time.
Are you constantly worried about your health, the health of your loved ones, your financial situation, or the loss of a job?
Are there changes in your sleeping and eating patterns?
Do you reach out for that packet of cigarettes or bottles of alcohol more regularly?
How you react to stressful situations varies based on your emotional background, the support you may or may not have from family and friends, and the community you live in. While diverting thoughts and taking care of friends and family might act as a stress reliever or temporary distraction, working on your mental health should be a priority. It is important to remember that is OK to feel this way and these notions of uncertainty will pass.
Even in the midst of this unique crisis, there are a few simple things you can do to improve your overall mental health and wellbeing:
1. Stay connected with those you love and care for
Make it a priority to maintain relationships with those you trust via phone or video calls and social media. Whether it is talking to people you often saw or reconnecting with old friends, make the most of social distancing by staying socially connected. Engage in your favourite games, quizzes, or watch Netflix together to overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Something as simple as a 5-minute call to check up on those who matter can make a world of a difference.
Remember it is normal to feel scared or helpless therefore, speaking to someone you know can positively impact your mental health. However, avoid talking about the virus with those who tend to be negative or can ramp up your fears. Instead, turn to people who are good listeners; willing to make a positive impact on your mental health. There are plenty of helplines and organisations also available to offer expert advice.
Here are a few:
Anxiety UK - 03444 775 774. http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/
Men’s Health Forum - https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/beatstress.uk
Mind - 0300 123 3393. http://www.mind.org.uk/
Papyrus - 0800 068 4141. http://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Samaritans - 116 123. http://www.samaritans.org/
Make an effort to take care of yourself now more than ever.