By Aaliya Masoodi
The COVID-19 epidemic has had a major consequence on our lives. Many of us are encountering challenges that can be annoying, overpowering, and provoke harsh emotions in adults and children. World health strategies, such as social distancing, maintaining a 1-metre extent, etc. are crucial to lessening the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and alone and can increase anxiety and tension. Learning to cope with stress healthily will prepare you, the people you care about, and those around you to become more resilient.
Anxiety can result in the following:
Impressions of panic, anger, distress, trouble, numbness, or frustration.
Shifts in appetite, stability, desires, and curiosities.
Complications in analyzing and making outcomes.
Problems in sleeping or nightmares.
Physical responses, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes etc.
Aggravating chronic health problems.
Worsening of mental health conditions.
Excessive use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuses.
I mean the list is too big but what’s the promising news? We can get through this and we will triumph.
- First things first convince yourself that It is natural to feel stress, pressure, etc. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Take pauses from watching, reading, or heeding to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be updated, but learning about the pandemic constantly can be problematic. Deem limiting news to just a couple of times a day and disconnecting from phone, television, and computer webs for a while.
- Take care of your body. i.e; start attending skincare routines, self-care days etc.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
- Try to eat decent, well-balanced meals. Even if you can’t follow it on an everyday basis, relax, don’t freak out.
- Exercise 5 times a week.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Make your everyday record of personal things.
- Start discovering stuff you have never attempted before, such as knitting, cooking, baking, painting etc.
- Make time to loosen up. Try to do some other recreations you admire.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your interests and how you are perceiving the situation around you.
- Attend webinars to boost the right reference of information for dealing with difficulties, etc.
- Connect with your community- or health organisations. While social distancing measures are in spot, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
- These are some immediate and most valuable methods to stay stable during uncertainty.
Accepting to care for yourself can better train you to take care of others. During times of social distancing, it is very crucial to stay connected with your friends and family. Helping others resist stress through phone calls or video chats can help you and your precious ones feel less lonely or separated.