These can be difficult times for all of us as we hear about spread of COVID-19 from all over the world, through television, social media, newspapers, family and friends and other sources. The most common emotion faced by all is Fear. It makes us anxious, panicky and can even possibly make us think, say or do things that we might not consider appropriate under normal circumstances
THE FEAR ZONE
- I search and share everything I can find about covid-19
- I get irritated easily
- I panic buy
- I act like a victim looking who to blame
- I hoard toilet paper, food and medicines i don’t need.
Understanding the importance of Lockdown
Lockdown is meant to prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, to protect ourselves and others. This means, not stepping out of the house except for buying necessities, reducing the number of trips outside, and ideally only a single, healthy family member making the trips when absolutely necessary. If there is anyone in the house who is very sick and may need to get medical help, you must be aware of the health facility nearest to you.
THE LEARNING ZONE
- I start to let go of control.
- I stop consuming that which causes me harm, from the news to what i eat and drink.
- I make a program for myself to make use of the time.
- I recognise that everyone is doing their best whilst facing an extremely complicated situation.
- I look for opportunities.
Handling emotions and growing from it
At times of anxiety, practice breathing slowly for a few minutes. Try and distance the thoughts that are making you anxious. Think of something calm and serene, and slow down your mind.
THE GROWTH ZONE
- I think about others and how can I be a help
- Live now, with a clear picture of What’s next
- I am not in a waiting room or “in between…”, this is life . Ask how do I want this moment to be?
- Be appreciative
- Be grateful.
Feeling lonely or sad is also quite common. Stay connected with others. Communication can help you to connect with family and friends. Call up people whom you haven’t spoken to and surprise them. Discuss happy events, common interests, exchange cooking tips, share music.
Help and support is vital for persons with mental illness from their families and other care givers. Health helplines can provide support, in addition to regular taking of prescribed medication, a regular daily routine, keeping engaged and positive.
Remember, good mental status in the difficult times may win you the battle more easily!