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.
Take care of your mental health during the COVID-19.
- 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 During times of stress they might become clingy, anxious, hyperactive or withdrawn.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.