If you feel you are suffering from burnout or are concerned that COVID 19 is affecting your ability to care for yourself, your family or your friends as during the outbreak, please contact a professional for help. Create personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends(with the help of modern technology) and family or reading a book. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, there are a few clues that could help you deal with spiraling negative thoughts when you find yourself in quarantine, or isolation for an extended period of time. Expect the lack of interaction and isolation to affect your mental health. Although the extent of self-imposed or prescribed isolation and the duration of isolation will vary, you should be aware that you must have at least one to two hours of daily contact with your family and friends(again, with the help of technology), if not more. However, there are steps you can take to protect your mental health and well-being – as you deal with quarantine, such as meditation, yoga, meditation practice and meditation classes, drawing, writing poems, reading or watching films and serials. Some people can survive quarantine easier for a number of reasons, including factors such as resilience and overall personality. Your reaction to the situation may be completely different from that of another person due to a number of factors. The good news is that there are ways that can help you reduce your stress and take care of your mental well-being. According to the CDC, one of the ways to reduce stress during an outbreak is to share facts about COVID 19 and understand the actual risk to people you care about. Choose your news source wisely, do not focusing only on the negative numbers, statistics. By sharing accurate information about this novel coronavirus, you can help others feel less stressed and allow them to connect with you. Nowadays you can make friends online easily!
This resource list provides information for more help and suggests ways you can use your experiences to promote your mental health. It also includes feelings, and thoughts one can have about social distancing and self-isolation. Infectious disease outbreak outlines the steps you can take to alleviate stress and gives tips on dealing with mental health stressors over time. SAMHSA Stress Management: a guide to managing and managing strategies for people with anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. Provide parents, caregivers and teachers with information to help children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. SAMHSA Talk to your child: Provide information on behavioral health care and help to parents and caregivers of children with mental health problems. Take care of yourself: In a coronavirus outbreak, it’s important to take care of yourself and others, experts say. CDC recommends being careful and knowing when and how to seek help, and while the emotional impact of an emergency varies for different individuals, CDC points out that people with pre-existing mental illness should continue to be aware of any emerging symptoms. Psychologist Elissa Epel, who works at the University of California, San Francisco, also gives some tips on how to deal with the coronavirus – stress, panic and anxiety. One of the best ways to manage anxiety is to actively try to separate your most rational thoughts from your worst fears about the COVID-19 virus. Focus on the problems you can solve and how it can contribute to the overall health of your community. Take your time after collecting all the necessary facts about the disease, such as the CDC’s information on symptoms and preventative measures. It is also important to limit how much you focus on COVID-19 during the day and remember that you may not feel ill, but if you know that some members of your community are more susceptible than others, you should be aware that these measures are an inconvenience. I simply advise you to avoid crowds and keep a distance of 6 feet between you. While anxiety is normal, try to stay calm and informed to counteract any anxiety you may have, as well as to remain aware and informed about the effects of COVID-19.
Isolation and loneliness can exacerbate anxiety and depression and even affect your physical health. Cooperation with authorities and compliance with quarantine will help to slow down and ultimately stop the spread of infectious diseases. That’s why it’s important to stay in touch as much as possible and get support when you need it, even if you need to limit socialising. Face-to-face contact is a vitamin for mental health, reduces the risk of depression and helps reduce stress and anxiety. If you tend to withdraw, if you are depressed or anxious, you should consider scheduling regular phone calls or Skype conversations with a friend or family member to counteract this tendency. Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom through social distancing and isolation. Time seems to move slowly during this time, but it will come to an end, and our life will continue.