The coronavirus pandemic brings about with it a lot of worry, stress, anxiety and fear. Because of this, the mental health of individuals, as well as communities, has also become increasingly vulnerable and at risk worldwide.
How can we take care of our mental well-being during this time?
1. Breathe and Stay calm
Pandemics are a rare - and maybe for most of us, a new – phenomenon. Being faced with something that you can’t control can be quite overwhelming for some and could naturally trigger anxiety. But remember that pandemics have been beaten in the past, so knowing that should give you a starting point to breathe.
Yes, COVID-19 can make us feel helpless. Remain calm and regain your sense of control by focusing on things that you actually have control over – your body, your thoughts and your home. Engage yourself in activities, take time for meditation and practice some conscious breathing exercises.
2. Engage in Healthy Activities
It is highly recommended to engage in healthy activities that you enjoy, yet find relaxing. Healthy activities are not just limited to exercise, but can also include your personal rituals of hygiene, fixing or managing your surroundings and establishing daily routines (within the bounds of social distancing). Take these temporary moments of isolation as an opportunity to create new routines that are both productive and rewarding. You would know best what would help soothe you and preoccupy your mind with good vibes.
3. Stay connected
Staying connected even in self-isolation is very important. Some days can get a bit overwhelming and it helps to be able to talk to someone. Check in on your family, friends, colleagues and those who are in need of extra assistance, either through phone or social media. And of course, this also means spending extra quality time with your loved ones.
4. Take a break from the breaking news
Staying informed and updated on the latest news regarding the pandemic is important, but remember that information overload can also add to anxiety. Manage your anxiety by catching up on news at specific times of the day. Build a news reading or watching routine that takes place maybe once or twice a day only. Make sure to read or watch from credible sources to avoid misinformation and further distress.
5. Take online consultations
If you need to, take online consultations. You can easily search online for consultations/psychotherapy in the Philippines. With technology already at our finger tips, mental health professionals and organizations remain available and accessible.