Coping with Covid -19 Stress
The COVID-19 epidemic has had a major impact on our lives. Many of us are faced with various challenges that can make adults and children feel unbearably stressed and can cause intense emotional swings. Public health actions (such as maintaining social distancing) are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID19, but they may also make us feel alienated and lonely, and may increase stress and anxiety. Learning to deal with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you more resilient and optimistic.
Stress can cause the following:
Feeling scared, angry, sad, worried, numb, or depressed
Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Difficulty falling asleep or having nightmares
Physiological reactions, such as headaches, body aches, stomach problems, and skin rashes
Worsening chronic health problems
Causes mental health problems to worsen
Increase the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
It is normal to feel stressed, anxious, sad, and worried during the COVID-19 epidemic. Here are ways you can help yourself, others, and your community cope with stress.
Healthy ways to cope with stress
Pause watching, reading, or listening to news reports, including information on social media. Well-informed is a good thing, but it can be distracting to keep hearing news of the epidemic. Consider limiting the time to watch the news to a few times a day, and stay away from mobile phones, TVs, and computer screens temporarily.
Take care of the body.
Take a deep breath, stretch your body, or meditate on the external icon.
Try a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Ensure adequate sleep.
Avoid excessive drinking, smoking and drug abuse.
Insist on taking routine preventive measures (such as vaccination, cancer screening, etc.) in accordance with the recommendations of the medical service provider.
Get the COVID-19 vaccine when available.
Take time to relax. Try to do other things you like.
Connect with others. Talk to someone you trust about your concerns and feelings.
Contact your community. Although social distancing measures have been taken, you can still try to contact via the Internet, social media, phone or email.
Help others cope with stress
Taking care of yourself allows you to take care of others better. During the period of social distancing, it is especially important to keep in touch with family and friends. Helping others cope with stress through phone or video chat can help you and your loved ones reduce feelings of alienation or loneliness.