Take care of your mental health during the COVID-19.

Fear, stress, anxiety, sadness, grief and loneliness are all normal feelings during a time of crisis. Here are a few key ways that you can take care of your mental health (of those around you) during this pandemic.

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Keep up with personal hygiene.
  • Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep.
  • Check in with friends and loved ones by phone, text or WhatsApp.
  • Show empathy: Recognize when stress, sadness and fear are showing up in the actions and words of others (see below for symptoms of anxiety and depression). Listen without judgement.
  • Limit the time you spend listening to TV and radio news about the virus. 
  • Avoid spreading rumors. Get your information from reputable sources, such as the World Health Organization or the Ministry of Health.
  • Be calm and patient with your children. During times of stress they might become clingy, anxious, hyperactive or withdrawn. This is normal. Encourage them to relax and play.
  • Be calm and patient with your spouse or partner. Financial stresses and health concerns can cause strain in a household. Recognize that you are in this together and avoid conflict.
  • Talk about it: Reach out to a friend or loved one via phone or WhatsApp.
  • Even if you can’t go to work, adopt a daily routine to create a sense of normalcy.
  • Even though large gatherings are banned, create rituals and celebrate small moments with members of your household.