During the days of the fight against the coronavirus, I took some notes so that we could adapt more easily to our periodically changing lives.
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1. Remind yourself constantly of the fact that most people who contract COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms.
2. Tell and share coronavirus news with your children with honest and age-appropriate information.
3. Put your daily life into a routine that will continue at normal hours.
4. Pay attention to your diet more than usual.
5. Stay Connected to Life.
6. Do not hesitate to seek professional support.
New information about the coronavirus COVID-19 is becoming more and more common, and this worries many of us. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety, evaluate your news outlets, and keep a positive outlook.
1) Take a deep breath and constantly remind yourself that most people who get COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms. Efforts are underway to help people who may be more vulnerable to coronavirus, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses. As the spread of the virus increases, it is important to take the necessary precautions to keep your family and loved ones healthy. It is useful to take a more analytical approach when following the news about the coronavirus. You also want to verify information you receive from family, friends or social media. The Ministry of Health is constantly informing about the coronavirus epidemic. In addition, local governments provide all kinds of support to popularize the #evdekal practice.
2) Communicate with your children. Tell and share coronavirus news with honest and age-appropriate information. Make an effort to keep your children away from the frightening information in the main news bulletins and social media. Remember that children will observe your behavior and emotions during this time for clues on how to manage their own emotions. To help keep children’s anxiety under control, also try to control how much coronavirus they are bombarded with, because exposure to age-inappropriate information can cause them to develop more anxiety than you think. This is a situation that we, as mental health workers, do not want to encounter with children at the moment.
3) Put your daily life into a routine that will continue at normal hours. Get up at the time you get up before the call to stay at home. Likewise, do not disturb your sleep pattern. It is imperative that you maintain this order for melatonin to be secreted. The secretion of melatonin is one of the main factors that helps to maintain our calmness and reduce our tension.
4) Pay attention to your diet more than usual. Not just to strengthen your immune system; At the same time, what you eat is very important to protect your mental health. Avoid sugary foods as much as possible because consuming more sugar than we need causes unnecessary activation in our brain and this causes us to worry senselessly. I also recommend cutting off your food intake two hours before you go to sleep. Consuming something other than water close to your bedtime can both delay your time to deep sleep and impair your sleep quality. Not being able to sleep quality sleep; It will increase both your anxiety and tension.
5) Stay Connected to Life in Alternative Ways. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normalcy and can be quite successful in sharing emotions and reducing stress. By talking on the phone, texting, or chatting with people on social media platforms, you can protect these connections without increasing your risk of infection.
6) Seek additional help. Individuals who experience uncontrollable irritability, persistent sadness, or other long-lasting reactions that negatively affect interpersonal relationships should consult a trained and experienced mental health professional. Mental health professionals can help people cope with extreme stress. These professionals work with individuals to help them find constructive ways to manage distress. Do not hesitate to call support.