With the increase in novel COVID-19 cases around the world, many of you may be experiencing mindsets of anxiety and concern. It is honestly okay to feel upset or scared, given the current situation. While feeling worried about your health and the safety of your loved ones is a very natural response to the unprecedented impact of the condition, it is also essential at this time for you to engage in approaches that will support your mental health and well-being.
Additional common feelings
- Feeling helpless
- Withdrawing from people
- Tearfulness or sadness
- Isolation leading to feelings of depression
- Uncomfortable physical symptoms, e.g., lack of appetite, racing heart or headaches
Managing feelings of stress
- Prioritize Self-Care. Try to maintain a balanced diet. Ensure you are getting enough sleep and getting regular exercise. Practice deep breathing and stretches. Read that book, write that story, take care of those plants, start learning that instrument, try those dishes. Do what you have always wanted to do and loved doing.
- Know that your feelings are valid. Pay attention to your responses and recognize that they may fluctuate at times. Try expressing what you’re feeling by talking to a friend, practicing meditation, or getting creative.
- Stay in touch with others. During times of stress, staying connected to family and friends can help you feel comforted and supported. Use video calls, texts, and voice calls to keep in touch. Keep the discussions focused around regular conversation topics -- don’t talk about the outbreak unless necessary.
- Limit media exposure and keep yourself occupied. While it is vital to stay up-to-date with the news if you find yourself frequently checking the internet and feeling distressed, take a break. Keep doing things you enjoy, such as continuing indoor hobbies, reading, watching Netflix, and communicating with family.
- Stay up to date with accurate information. It is crucial to know that fear and anxiety can escalate through a lack of precise information. So, it is essential only to keep yourself updated with reliable sources.
- Unwind with your family. When everyone’s home, what is better than indulging in some unwinding activities together? Plan a movie night, play board games, cook together, learn something new online, or catch up on each other’s lives.
Finally, work on being kind and helpful. Feel grateful for the tiniest blessings each day. Ultimately your actions and thoughts affect you the most. The more compassionate and grateful you are, the happier your mind is.