The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the Covid-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
It is classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization(WHO), meaning it is prevalent all over the world. There is no vaccine or treatment available for it as of now.
So what CAN we do?
How does Covid-19 effect us?
Every since the news broke out about 8 months ago, there has been a superfluity of information about the Covid-19 causing Novel Coronavirus. As the spread increases exponentially, people across the world have reached a stage of panic and our daily routines have set to revolve around it. Ranging from primetime news reels to dinner table discussions, Covid-19 is almost all that we talk about.Time and again this could become overwhelming, based on various factors.
Signs to keep tabs on:
The stress you undergo might show in different ways:
- Excessive worry
- Repeated questions
- Poor concentration
- Irritability / Anger
- Difficulty sleeping
- Boredom etc
If you are showing these signs, it most likely means that you are reeling under stress.But not to worry, it is normal to be distress during extraordinary circumstances like these. It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed by the events of the world.
Some of us cope quickly, while some of us take time. However, there are certain things we can do to soften the impact and cope better.
Coping with the stress:
During these times it is important to stay positive as well as practise self-care. To efficiently cope with stress not only must we identify what is casing stress but also identifying what accelerates it and how to care for yourself after.
Some simple things you could do to de-stress are:
- Clarifying concerns
- Unplug from news and media
- Take a break
- Maintain routines
- Socialize through social media
- Take care of your body
- Eat right
- Sleep well
Simple steps like these can help bring a sense of normalcy and help you cope with the changing environment. Try to keep those around you, especially children, calm and focused. Reach out to a counselor telephonically if you are unable to manage your anxiety on your own. Ensure that you don’t give in to panic and stress as it compromises your immunity in the long run. In adverse situations it becomes crucial to not only take care of others but also yourself. We are all in this together and we will all look out for each other.
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