Infectious disease outbreaks news, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, can be frightening and can influence our mental health too. While it is essential to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to hold up and manage our happiness during such times.
Let’s talk on this today we hope can help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much too much of corona news in all modes of media.
Looking after your mental health while you have to stay at home;
The government is telling us to stay at home and only go outside for grocery, health – medical reasons or indispensable work, to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people and wash our hands & take if possible than take a bath as soon as we get home.
More of us will be spending a lot of time at home with family & kids and many of our regular social activities will no longer be accessible to us.
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It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you.
Craft a new daily routine that priorities looking after yourself which keeps you at a distance from news which troubles your mental health. You could try reading more good books or watching movies for entertainment, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques for head and heart, or finding new knowledge on the internet on different areas of interest.
Let’s roll on some tips while staying at home.
Try to avoid rumor and look up trustworthy sources on the outbreak which won’t play with your mental health & is not harmful for mental status.
Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety and anger. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control and calm.
You can get up-to-date information and advice on the virus here:
- Trustable news channels
- Websites which provide no rumors
Try to stay connected but in right way and right path.
At times of anxiety, we work better in business and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family, by cell phone, email or social media.
You may like to focus on the things you can do if you feel able to:
- pressure management
- keep lively
- eat a fair diet
Stay in touch with friends on social media but try not to sensationalize things. If you are sharing content, use this from trusted sources, and remember that your friends might be worried too, stay alert while sharing any content or news on current phase of virus.
Also keep in mind to regularly assess your social media activity. Tune in with yourself and ask if they need to be adjusted.
Are there particular accounts or people that are increasing your worry or anxiety? Consider muting or unfollowing social media accounts or trending hashtags that cause you to feel anxious & harm your mental health with rumor news & unauthorized content.
Communicate & laugh with your kids and family
Connecting our family and children in our plans for good health is important. We need be attentive to and ask children what they have heard about the corona virus or any related news and support them by guiding them, without causing them alarm.
We need to lessen the negative impact it has on our children and explain the facts to them in easy way which helps them to fight with this phase with outing troubling their tiny heart. Talk about the news with them but try and avoid over-exposure to coverage of the virus. But then always be as truthful as possible.
Handle the effects
It is OK to feel susceptible and overwhelmed as we read news about the outbreak, especially if you have experienced trauma or a mental health difficulty or depression in the past, or if you have a long-standing physical health condition that makes you more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus Covid.
It’s important to recognize these feelings and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. We should also be aware of and avoid increasing habits that may not be helpful in the long term, like smoking and drinking.
Try and restore confidence in people you know who may be bothered and check in with people who you know are living alone.
Try not to make assumptions please.
Don’t review people and avoid jumping to conclusions about who is liable for the spread of the disease. The Coronavirus can affect anyone, regardless of gender, civilization or sex.
Try to handle how you pursue the outbreak in the media;
There is wide-ranging news coverage about the virus outbreak. If you find that the news is causing you huge stress, it’s important to find a balance and which calm your head and heart.
Its best that you don’t stay away from all news and that you keep informing and educating yourself, but limit your news intake if it is bothering you. At last your mental health is what that matters the most.