Not everyone responds to stress and stressful situations the same way. Some have the ability to “power through” and not give much attention to their own personal thoughts and emotions, while others are unable to fully function under such circumstances.
During these unprecedented times, social isolation is proving to be a big source of frustration and stress for many people around the world, especially for those who have large families or live in three-generational households. For some, prolonged exposure to family members leads to stress. For others, its the disruption of a steady flow of income and the uncertainty of retaining their jobs that’s causing a lot of anxiety.
Although it is important to note that these concerns do not affect everyone and that a significant number of the global population have concerns that are unfathomable to those with certain degrees of social privileges, it is still of importance to acknowledge any negative emotions that come up during these times in order to ensure that you stay healthy.
How can we counter some of these negative emotions? Here are some ways:
Reduce your intake of news:
Although it is important to stay informed, the constant stream of (mis)information that is being circulated regarding COVID-19 can make one feel anxious and distressed. Avoid too much news and only rely on news from reliable news sources and avoid spreading fake news to reduce feelings of panic.
Reach out to your loved ones:
Keeping in touch with your loved ones during these difficult times is crucial for your mental well-being. A lot of people are going through similar experiences, so talking about will not only be therapeutic for you but will also be helpful for others as they will get an opportunity to open up and share their personal concerns.
Focus on yourself:
Listen to your body and do what it needs you to do. Adopt helpful coping strategies such as getting adequate rest, eating proper meals, stretching and breathing exercises. During times of stress, it is of utmost importance to pay attention to your own needs and feelings in order to ensure that you stay healthy.
Abaayo, it’s okay to take care of yourself, especially now with everything that is happening in the world. Prioritize yourself and your needs and focus on staying healthy. And remember to laugh… a lot. This too shall pass.
*This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your mental health.
How have you been coping during these times? Let us know in the comments or find us on Twitter!