The recent emergence of Coronavirus is disrupting our societies and the way things used to be. We have to stay inside in fear of getting infected or infecting others, we need to do work from our home, and we could not even meet our friends and colleagues. These kinds of times might be very stressful for us, but we are not alone! Research says that the outbreak of Coronavirus is affecting our mental health.
In their website, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that while the outbreak of Coronavirus is affecting our mental health and causing unnecessary fear, anxiety, and stress, we should still find a good way to cope with them. By finding a good coping mechanism, it will make ourselves, the people that we care about, and even our community stronger. According to the CDC, stress during this outbreak may include:
- Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
- Facing difficulty when you are trying to concentrate
- Increased use of tobacco
- Worsening health problems
- Fear and worry about the health of people you love
How can we take care of ourselves?
This outbreak of Coronavirus is affecting our mental health, and everyone reacts differently to the situation. However, there are a few people that might be responding to the crisis, and some of those people are:
- Older people
- People with health problem that are at higher risk
- People on the front line such as doctors, first responders, or paramedics
- People that are diagnosed with severe mental health problem
However, the CDC also state that there are healthy ways to cope even though the outbreak of Coronavirus is affecting our mental health, and some of those are:
- Take a break from the news, especially the social media. It can be really frustrating to hear about the growing numbers of people with Coronavirus. Try muting your friends that talk about the virus all the time, and unfollow the news site that repeatedly broadcasts the news of the virus.
- Take good care of yourselves by meditating, eat well-balanced meals, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, and bathe under the sun every morning.
- Do not forget your hobby! In fact, you should try and make time to do your hobbies even during your busiest day.
- Connect with other people and make great use of the modern age technology. There are many applications out there that will help you with video conferences or a simple conference call.
The outbreak of Coronavirus is affecting our mental health; there are no questions about that. However, that does not mean that we should mope and drown in our stress, anxiety, and fear. Instead, we should take this time to start developing a healthy coping mechanism for us, our families, and the community around us.
It is sad that we are not allowed to meet anyone during this hard time, but it is for the best. By staying inside, having a good coping mechanism, and supporting our loved ones, we can start helping to break the chains of coronavirus infection. Hopefully, this disease will pass soon enough, and we will be able to meet one another when that happens.