Feeling under pressure is a likely experience for our frontline workers. It is quite normal to be feeling this way in the current situation. Managing your mental health and psychosocial well-being during this time is as important as managing your physical health.
Take care of yourself at this time. Try and use helpful coping strategies such as ensuring sufficient rest and respite during work or between shifts, eat sufficient and healthy food, engage in physical activity, and stay in contact with family and friends.
You are the person most likely to know how you can de-stress and you should not be hesitant in keeping yourself psychologically well. This is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.
Some healthcare workers may, unfortunately, experience avoidance by their family or community owing to stigma or fear. This can make an already challenging situation far more difficult. If possible, staying connected with your loved ones, including through digital methods, is one way to maintain contact.
Know how to provide support to people who are affected by COVID-19 and know how to link them with available resources. This is especially important for those who require mental health and psychosocial support. The stigma associated with mental health problems may cause reluctance to seek support for both COVID-19 and mental health conditions.
These can be difficult times for all of us as we hear about the spread of COVID-19 from all over the world, through television, social media, newspapers, family and friends and other
sources. The most common emotion faced by all is Fear. It makes us anxious, panicky and can even possibly make us think, say or do things that we might not consider appropriate under normal circumstances.
#Handling Social isolation: Staying at home can be quite nice for some time, but can also be boring and restricting. Here are some ways to keep positive and cheerful.
1. Be busy. Have a regular schedule. Help in doing some of the work at home.
2. Distract yourself from negative emotions by listening to music, reading, watching an entertaining program on television. Rediscover your hobbies.
3. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids.
4. Be physically active. Do simple indoor exercises that will keep you fit and feeling fit.
5. Elderly people may feel confused, lost and need help. Offer them help by getting them what they need, their medicines, daily needs, etc.
6. If you have children at home, keep them busy by allowing them to help in the household chores - make them feel responsible and acquire new skills.
7. Make sure to access and believe only the most reliable sources of information for self-protection.
8. Do not follow sensational news or social media posts which may impact your mental state. Do not spread or share any unverified news or information further.
9. Do not keep discussing all the time about who got sick and how. Instead, learn about who got well and recovered.
Source: MOHFW & WHO