How to Cope With Stress During The COVID-19 Pandemic Times
By Sharon Ibenu
As the fast-spreading pandemic continues to drown thousands of lives around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has continued to appeal to the people all over the world to continue following the precautions given to them as far as preventing the spread of COVID-19 is concerned.
The World Health Organization provides guidelines to cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, advising the public and stating the following;
- It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help. Contact your friends and family.
- If you must, stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, sleep, exercise, and social contact with loved ones at home, via phone or email.
- Refrain from using smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
- If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.
- Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately to determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website, or a local or state public agency.
- Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.
- Finally, draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging times of this outbreak.