Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a lot of information about the
virus and its effects on mental health. Thatʼs because coronavirus and the social, financial and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact oneʼs mental wellbeing.
Government legislation, mass media coverage, and the increasing global death
toll will cause a lot of stress, especially for the older population, children, and
people with a history of mental health problems.
Itʼs of the utmost importance that we try to remain as composed as we can
during this time.
The fear and anxiety that is gripping the nation are as contagious, if not more
so than the illness itself. While we are in no way diminishing the severity of the physical and epidemiological worry surrounding coronavirus, it is crucial that everyone has access to mental health resources, and is clued up on how they can look after themselves and their own mental health.
People with pre-existing mental problems should continue to manage and track
their mental health. Self-care is vital, and itʼs also important to try and reduce
the stress for ourselves and others around us.
How Your Mental Health Might be Affected
The coronavirus might affect not only your physical wellbeing but also your
mental health. As we might be instructed to stay home due to the pandemic,
the mental health symptoms might worsen.
You might notice several mental health issues, such as:
Excessively checking for symptoms
Feelings of irritation
The normal aches will feel like you have the virus
Feelings of helplessness
Check if you show these symptoms and try to control yourself as much as you
Everyone Should Take Precautionary Measures
Itʼs crucial that you take precautions that can prevent you from getting the
virus, and spreading it if you already show signs of it.
Here are the precautions that everyone should take at this moment in time:
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Also, use hand sanitizer
Stay home if you are sick
Avoid touching your face, especially the mouth and nose areas
Disinfect doorknobs, switches, or any parts of your house that might carry
Design a plan with your family. Try to isolate yourselves from the
neighbours as much as possible, and prepare for isolation of the potential ill
Masks are ineffective at the moment unless they are N95 or N99 masks
Protect the elderly
Plan for Staying at Home
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people might be instructed to stay at home.
People might also work from home, or you can enter self-isolation to prevent
yourself from getting the virus. Hereʼs what to know.
1. Find Somewhere Safe to Stay
Not everyone will be happy to stay at home, but itʼs for the best of everyone at
this point. However, for some, this will not be good as their home conditions
might not be the best.
You can try asking a friend or a family member to provide you with a more
pleasant place to stay. Itʼs best to check with your government and read the
government advice about staying at home.
Also, itʼs advisable to get some help with your housing problems.
2. Eat Properly and Drink Enough
At this moment in time, itʼs crucial that you eat well and drink enough water.
You should strive to bring all the necessary nutrients from your diet, and avoid
restaurants if they are open. Consider getting food deliveries to your home or ask someone to drop off the food at your home. Drinking enough water is also just as important. Itʼs not only good for your
physical health, but also for your mental health.
3. Keep Taking Your Medication
Itʼs important that you keep taking your medication, even at this time of the
coronavirus. You should try to order your medications to your home, and only
order from reputable sites. You can also ask someone else to collect the
medication for you.
4. Continue with Your Treatment and Support
Try to continue with the treatment that you might have been receiving prior to
the coronavirus outbreak. With the technology available, itʼs possible to
continue sessions with your therapists; they can be done by phone, online, or
Consult your therapist about the treatment, and ask them to support you if you
struggle without the one-on-one sessions.
5. Guidelines are Still Bound to Change
As the scientists are still uncovering the mysteries around the COVID-19
disease, some changes to the guidelines are bound to happen.
The pandemic might take a turn in a different direction, and you should follow
the guidelines provided by the medical institutions in your area.
6. Anxiety Symptoms Mimicking Coronavirus
If you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks often, you might start to think itʼs
the new coronavirus. Check the symptoms before you start assuming itʼs a
coronavirus, and try to calm yourself down.
Once you realize that the symptoms of COVID-19 are very much different from
those of an anxiety attack, youʼll feel more at ease. The early signs of COVID-19 are coughing, sore throat, headaches, and fever. For anxiety attacks, itʼs usual to have a racing heartbeat, sweating, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath (which is sometimes also a symptom of coronavirus).
7. Support for People with OCD and Anxiety
If you or any of your family members suffer from symptoms of anxiety or OCD
during coronavirus, contact your personal doctor or a psychiatrist.
They will ask you to assess the situation and evaluate what symptoms you
have. As itʼs not possible to attend one-on-one sessions at the moment, they
might arrange a video call with you or contact you in some other ways.
8. Mental Health Support Resources
As self-isolation sets in, more people are turning to online and digital resources
to help them get through this uncertain period.
Donʼt forget that there are plenty of apps for you to download to help keep you
in touch with loved ones, and there is a multitude of online self-help resources,
guided meditations, home workouts, podcasts, and online articles.
For more information about support during the coronavirus for mental health
problems, visit this website.
9. Taking Care of Your Mental Wellbeing
Try to take as much action as possible to ensure your mental health wonʼt
suffer during this time.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your mental wellbeing.
1. Connect with People without Meeting Them
As you may already be aware, itʼs recommended to stay at home and avoid
physical contact with other people as much as possible.
Larger groups shouldnʼt meet at all. Luckily, with modern technology, we can
easily connect with others online.
2. Set up a Routine
For people who stay at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, it might feel
slightly chaotic to stay at home for such a long period.
Therefore itʼs important that we set up a routine and stick to it to prevent us
from becoming lazy and depressed.
It would be a great idea to devise a plan and write it down, and then try to stick
to it on a daily basis.
3. Physical Activity is Key
Try to stay as active as you can. You can exercise at home, even without
equipment. Try to follow online videos, thereʼs a lot of resources for that.
Additionally, now you will have time to clean your home and do your chores,
which is a good form of activity. Go for walks in nature, and try to sit less.
4. Go Out into Nature and Get Some Air
Get as much sunlight as you can, especially if you live in an area where thereʼs
an opportunity to go out into nature. Go for walks, grab some fresh air, and
expose yourself to sunlight. Getting enough vitamins not just during the COVID-19 outbreak, but at all times, is crucial for a stronger immune system and mental wellbeing.
5. Work or Study from Home
You might be instructed to do that, but prepare yourself properly. Make a
working environment where youʼll be able to focus on your work. It might be
hard to do that, especially if you have children to care for.
Try to keep them as busy as possible – make sure they do their homework and
avoid other children. For employees working from home, read everything about
your rights and ask the employer about the policies.
6. Keep Yourself Busy
Now that we will have more time to spend, make sure you keep yourself busy.
Do activities, clean your home, have a clear out, sort your computer files,
photos, or anything that needs sorting.
7. Keep Your Brain Challenged
Read books, magazines, articles, online material, solve puzzles or crosswords,
watch shows or films, listen to podcasts. Anything that will keep your mind busy
and your thoughts free of the coronavirus.
8. If You Start Feeling Claustrophobic
Open your windows, get out of the house and grab some fresh air. You can do
the chores on your garden, or even look out your window more often to get a
sense of space. Change rooms youʼre in often.
9. Limit Your Media Diet
Being informed about the coronavirus spread is helpful, although excessive
worrying about it doesnʼt help your mental health. Especially if you watch the news or listen to the radio, where almost the only thing thatʼs talked about is the COVID-19 spread. Keep a balance between being informed and excessively following the news.
Too much information every day can become stressful. Check the news once or
twice a day, which is more than enough to get the latest news. Plus, limit your time you spend on social media platforms such as Facebook or
Twitter, where everyone shares their thoughts and feelings on the novel
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