Updated: May 21
Stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand with the bad news about COVID-19 from around the world. Hearing constant reports about the illness and death caused by coronavirus can be hard to take. Mental health needs deserve special attention as well as physical health. For starters, everyone needs to look after one's own basic needs to stay mentally healthy in a stressful time. We can feel mentally better if we are physically well.
Tips for self-care include:
Eat healthy foods
Stay physically active : KEEP DANCING!
Get regular sleep and rest
Create a sense of structure and routine in daily life
Connect socially with friends and family, while maintaining physical distance
We're all actually experts in our own well-being. So what you have done before in the past can help you now. Practicing hobbies that have brought you joy in the past, or relaxation techniques that have worked for you before.
Smoking and drinking are unhelpful coping strategies, keep them to a minimum, as well as limiting exposure to news and social media content that you may find distressing.
The anxiety many people are feeling about COVID-19 can be magnified in those who are most vulnerable to it. Adults over 60 and those with underlying conditions are constantly hearing that they are at higher risk of getting dangerously sick from the coronavirus.
To be told that you're very vulnerable can be extremely frightening and very fear-inducing, older adults may be especially prone to feeling anxious, stressed out, isolated and angry right now. Practice self-care and note that now, more than ever, mental health and social services should be made available to you.
For friends and family of somebody older, it's critical, that the elderly people know that they are thought of, that they are loved, cared about. Initiate video chats, telephone calls, and send postcards and letters.
Children are also experiencing major disruptions in their lives — 87 percent of the world's students are affected by school closures, according to the UN.
Kids are likely facing many of the same fears and anxieties as adults, such as fear of dying, fear of their relatives dying, or fear of what it means to receive medical treatment.
For those taking care of children, simple strategies can go a long way. Give young people the love and attention they need to resolve their fears, explaining the situation honestly in a way they understand and modeling healthy responses.