HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
We shouldnot underestimate the emotional and cognitive load that this pandemic has.Having a state of distraction, low motivation, and difficulty concentrating areexpected. As we continue with our lives having a new rhythm of remote work andisolation, go easy on yourself. Adaptation takes time. In setting our goalsboth for ourselves and our surroundings, we need to be realistic.
The COVID-19 outbreak is stressful for some of us. It tests our mental health, the capacity on how we can handle our new situation. Embracing good mental-health and relying on others can protect us and others.
Here aresome tips that may help you on how to manage your mental health during theoutbreak:
- Know your red flags
Identifyingyour key to thoughts or physical sensations is one way to manage moments ofdistress. Your thoughts and physical sensations contribute to your cycle ofdistress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Thoughts, feelings, actions, andphysical sensations amplify this negative emotional spiral. You may addresseven one aspect such as enthusiastically decreasing the physical symptoms whichcan de-escalate the cycle and help you regain control.
- Manage your stress
Bypracticing good sleep hygiene and prioritizing your sleep, it may be a solidfoundation for your well-being. Also, eating well and being conscious of whatyou are eating. You can also exercise because it lowers your stress level.Exercise helps you to improve your sleep and better regulate youremotions.
- Becompassionate with yourself and others
There ismuch that we can’t control right now. During these challenging times, how wetalk to ourselves can either increase our distress or offers a powerful defenseto these tough situations. Moments of feeling overwhelmed often come with bigthoughts. This pandemic will cause a lot of stress for many of us and we cannotbe our best selves all the time. However, we can ask for help or reach out whenhelp is asked of us.
- Makeroutine your friend
Makeclear differences between non-work and work time. It helps to manage anxietyand will help you to adapt more quickly to this current reality. Discover a newthing that brings you joy that is not pandemic or not work-related. Being ableto maintain your clarity of thought, you need to work with clear breaks inshort bursts.
Evenintroverted people need some sense of connection to others. We need not feelalone because we are in social isolation. If you can, reach out to those whomight be particularly isolated and feeling that they are all alone. Manyworking groups have created virtual forums where you can contribute or just sitback and enjoy the chatter.
It’snormal to be stressed and anxious right now. However, the most important thingis to be gentle with yourself and others. Take steps to support both your ownand your family’s mental well-being. If you can’t handle anymore the situationyou are in, you can contact any of your family member or trusted friend to helpyou seek advice.