In this article, you will learn about the effects that the current epidemic can have on us and what we can do to reduce those effects.
As countries around the world take steps to reduce the number of people affected, the daily routines of most of us have changed dramatically. New realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, children’s home education, and lack of contact with other family members, friends, and colleagues can cause severe anxiety.
Lifestyle changes such as fear of the virus and worrying about those around us who are particularly vulnerable make it difficult for all of us.
When emergencies such as the coronavirus occur, feeling frightened, experiencing anxiety, having a devastating view of life, and imagining can be just as bad as the usual psychological reactions. However, when these emotions become permanent, these reactions can affect or cause emotional balance.
How can an epidemic affect me and my family?
It can have psychological and physical effects and can also affect our attitudes or activities.
1- Psychological effects
Destructive Vision: To believe that something bad is going to happen to me, my family or people close to me.
2- Effects on attitudes
Treat yourself without a doctor.
Shopping in panics – such as scare or hoarding.
Use of dangerous or hazardous substances such as drugs, cigarettes and others.
Overeating, or unhealthy eating habits.
Leave yourself at the mercy of the virus epidemic, believing that everyone will get sick at some point.
Lack of contact with family or friends.
Does Mental Health Affect Physical Health?
Yes, because we humans are physically, psychologically and socially connected. The emotional or psychological effects of the Covid-19 epidemic can also affect our body.
Here are some common physical symptoms of coronavirus:
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Feeling more sleepy and uncomfortable
- Quick breath
- Difficulty paying attention
- Excessive fatigue
What to do to reduce side effects and feel better?
It is very important that you take care of yourself and your loved ones physically and mentally during a crisis. With the help of sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC, we’ve outlined below a number of simple tips for relieving stress.
1- Less access to disturbing news
A constant stream of coronavirus news can upset anyone. Therefore, it is really important to minimize watching, reading or listening to the news that may cause you anxiety. Get information only once or twice a day at certain times of the day, so as not to be overwhelmed.
2- Get facts, not rumors
The important thing is that you get information only from reliable and trustworthy sources. Getting acquainted (gain, obtain) with present-day techniques that came from Risk and Precautions can help reduce fear.
The World Health Organization (WHO) website or the National Public Health website are reliable sources of information to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Here is a link to an article.
WhatsApp has a lot of fake news circulating on other social media platforms. Please always check your source of information.
3- Maintain a healthy routine
Lockdown has greatly affected our daily routines and habits. Adapting to your daily schedule or creating new routines can be beneficial.
Adding family, friends, and colleagues to your routine can also be helpful. Together you can make a plan of how to help each other and also share your personal needs.
If you have children, you can find some useful tips and ideas here.
As we are forced to stay at home, it is really important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to eat healthy food as much as possible and sleep regularly. Exercise is also very important.
4- Talk to the people you trust
to get in touch! Connect with your friends and family wherever they are. You can also do the following.
You can make weekly online calls with family or groups of friends where you can play games, cook together, and share stories.
You can also make a list of the three people you can call in a difficult day. Call them and ask them to be your ‘support friends’. That way, you will already have an established connection with a trusted friend / family member with whom you can express your feelings.
If you are worried, you can also talk to a health or social worker or a trusted person (such as a religious leader or family elder).
5- Stress management techniques
It is also important to pay attention to your needs and feelings in order to manage stress. Practicing peace of mind can increase your ability to control your emotions and reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help you focus.
Peace of mind can be practiced through breathing techniques, guided drawing and other methods.
6- Think of talking to an expert
It is normal to feel depressed, anxious, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. And it is very important that you learn a strategy for dealing with stress and anxiety. This is not an easy task so if you think you want to talk to someone who can help you, here are some options for you:
If you need mental health and psychological support, call:
Hours: 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday)
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Hours: 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday)
Languages: Urdu, Brahui, Balochi and Pashto
The Sindh government has also launched a tele-counseling service (1093) for certified and suspected Covid-19 patients to help them cope with the psychological effects of the coronavirus epidemic. This helpline works 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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