Corona has given us lots of stress..are we the victim?
Can’t go to work? schools closed? Worried about money? Am i okay? Did i touch anything? Will that place be a source ?
Is these things on your mind? Its not just you! everyone around are going through the same amount of stress. nobody would have expressed it out.
This outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and the fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. But remember, Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
EVERYONE REACTS DIFFERENTLY TO STRESSFUL SITUATIONS!
How you respond to this outbreak makes all the differences and it all depends upon our attitude toward this happenings around.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
- Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
- Children and teens.
- People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors, other health care providers, and first responders
- People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use
Ways to cope with stress:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Take care of your mind Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling and do mediate.
Just the facts will help reducing stress!
When you learn and share accurate information and simple facts about COVID-19, you can make yourself and your people less stressful.
AND FOR PARENTS!
Children react, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents or the caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children.
Watch for behavior changes in your child.
Not all children respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teenage children.
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Ways to support your child:
- Spend more time: Take time to explain about this COVID 19 in simpler terms.
- Reassure your child that they are safe and ask them to share their feelings .
- Share simple facts and answer all their doubts in easier way to make them feel relaxed amd safe.
- Make sure you Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. Create a schedule for them including learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- let your child copy you: Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well.
Common reactions to COVID-19:
- Concern about protecting oneself from the virus because they are at higher risk of serious illness.
- Concern that regular medical care or community services may be disrupted due to facility closures or reductions in services and public transport closure.
- Feeling socially isolated, especially if they live alone or are in a community setting that is not allowing visitors because of the outbreak.
- Increased levels of distress if they:
- Have mental health concerns before the outbreak, such as depression.
- Live in lower-income households or have language barriers
And most importantly Stay home if you are sick. Do not visit family or friends who are at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Take home message:
Its our responsibility to stay home and help break chain of spread of COVID-19 but its even more important to stay healthy(physically and mentally), we hope that we helped you heal your mind!