A Mental Health Regime During a Pandemic
The world is in a tense state since the World Health Organization declared COVID19 as a global pandemic. However, this challenge should not cause undue stress to people regardless of how difficult it is. There are ways to cope with this pandemic.
Some individuals may be experiencing a wide range of reactions, thoughts, and feelings. These include the following:
* Feeling overwhelmed or depressed
* Fear, worry, or anxiety
* Racing thoughts
* Loss of interest, tearfulness, and sadness
* Fatigue, stomach upset, and increased heart rate
* Anger, irritability, or frustration
* Agitation or restlessness
* Feeling weak
* Difficulty in sleeping
* Feeling disconnected from friends
Here are practical steps that you should follow to overcome these uncertain times.
1. You should follow a routine and simple guidelines of the World Health Organization:
Remember to wash your hands regularly and avoid hugging and crowded places. If you become sick go for a medical checkup immediately.
2. Educate your community, friends, and families:
Use offline and online platforms to educate people. There are people who spread false news in times of pandemic. Be ready to educate your family, friends, and community with the right information.
Look for opportunities to volunteer in your area. (There are also plenty of ways to volunteer online if you don't want to go out.) If there are old people or kids help them out where possible. You should also help the needy people in your area to pick up medicine and groceries.
Look for a charitable organization to donate food or money to vulnerable individuals in your community. The United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation launched COVID19 response fund.
5. Exercise compassion for yourself:
Spend some time doing things you like. Get some exercise. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Keep up communication with your friends and relatives using new technology.
This pandemic is not going to last forever. But while it's here, let's look after ourselves and our loved ones, and make the best of it.
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