In the midst of managing a situation like the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and worried. However, identifying ways to manage our mental health is also crucial. Just remember, you are not the only one facing it…infact the whole world is into it. Some may express while others may not, but the truth is that this pandemic has cast a shadow over all.
We may experience increased feelings of anxiety, powerlessness, impatience, irritability or frustration. We might also experience a sense of scarcity, or be concerned about increased stigmatization or xenophobia. We may feel uncertainty about the future or worry about isolation amidst rapidly changing schedules and social plans.
While feeling worried is normal and expected, there are many ways we can increase our resilience during this time:
1. Take breaks from the news.
After a certain point, it can be more upsetting than informational….so take a break.
Try to do some other activities you enjoy like listen to music, watch comedy movies, help your parents in the orchard….infact do everything that is physical and that, which will make you tired at the end of the day. If nothing then sit with your parents and gossip. Stay connected with your family, especially those you can confide to… …this is an excellent way to catharsis.
2. Take care of your health.
Take deep breaths and exercise. Try to eat relatively well balanced meals, move your body regularly, get plenty of sleep and stay away from alcohol and drugs. This will help boost your immunity — and your resilience.
3. Plan for coping with a potentially sudden drop in social contact. (e.g. school & events being cancelled.)
One of the most prominent ways individuals are asked to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic is to practice social distancing. That means remaining out of places where people meet or gather, and maintaining distance (approximately six feet or two meters) from others.
Says Kelcey Stratton, a Clinical Psychologist, “It is important to find creative ways to maintain those connections.” We might also find some comfort by remembering that we are not alone, and that we are all in this together to protect the health and well-being of our communities.
Create new traditions for connecting regularly with friends, family and peers via messaging apps. Call a family member or a friend Use FaceTime or other video formats to communicate.
4. Do a “worry drop.”
Write out all of your fears in a diary until your anxiety has dropped by half.
Make a daily list of what is going well, because everything in life can never be bad. Despite the current situation, spend time with your family or read a book or learn how to cook.
In the end remember, Chapslee is a family. If ever you need an ear to talk, we teachers are just at a call’s distance. Call your class teacher, me or any one you can relate to. We are always there to help you in any way possible.
I am sure, together we will fight it and come out victorious. As Darwin said, “Survival of the fittest.”
Love and blessings