This section KMC Clinic discuss about Mental Health. If you know, worries and anxiety about COVID-19 and its impact can be overwhelming. Then social distancing makes it even more challenging.
Learn self-care strategies and get the care you need to help you cope.
- Anxiety is NORMAL
It is important to know that many symptoms of COVID-19 can be treated. And remember: “There are many things we can do to keep ourselves and others safe and to feel in better control of our circumstances: frequently wash our hands, don't touch our faces and limit face time with others.”
- Get enough sleep
Go to bed and get up at the same times each day. Stick close to your typical schedule, even if you're staying at home.
- Participate in regular physical activity
Regular physical activity and exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve mood. Find an activity that includes movement, such as dance or exercise apps. Get outside in an area that makes it easy to maintain distance from people such as a nature trail or your own backyard.
- Limit screen time
Turn off electronic devices for some time each day, including 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Limit exposure to news media
Constant news about COVID-19 from all types of media can heighten fears about the disease. Limit social media that may expose you to rumors and false information. Also limit reading, hearing or watching other news, but keep up to date on national and local recommendations. Look for reliable sources such as the CDC and WHO.
- Focus on positive thoughts
Choose to focus on the positive things in your life, instead of dwelling on how bad you feel. Consider starting each day by listing things you are thankful for.
- Make connections
If you need to stay at home and distance yourself from others, avoid social isolation. Find time each day to make virtual connections by email, texts, phone, or Whatsapp or similar apps.
- Stay home if you are sick
Do not visit family or friends who are at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Use virtual communication to keep in touch to support your loved one and keep them safe.
- Set priorities
Don't become overwhelmed by creating a life-changing list of things to achieve while you're home. Set reasonable goals each day and outline steps you can take to reach those goals.
- Be kind to yourself and others
Some people are facing online bullying and violence due to coronavirus. If you see this happening to your friend, try to offer support. Doing nothing in this situation can leave the person feeling that everyone is against them or that nobody cares. Your words can make a difference. And remember: now, more than ever, we must make sure that the things we say and share do not hurt anyone.