Mental Stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
The global community has been overwhelmed in its attempt to control the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The death and related health toll of the global pandemic in itself and the struggles to contain it through social distancing and lockdowns have resulted in massive psychological pressure on all populations. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is a significant threat to humanity. The outbreak of the coronavirus has been very stressful resulting in fear and anxiety about the disease which can cause many emotional problems both in adults, senior citizens and children.
Mental health of the common man even in normal times is often ignored. During difficult times like this, it is particularly important to have good mental health and it is very important as different individuals respond in a different ways during stressful situations.
Stress can be
- Fear about getting infected for oneself, family members and loved ones.
- The economic stress of future earning.
- Worrying too much about the infection causing difficulty in sleeping and eating.
- Deteriorating of chronic health problem.
- If you are living alone, you might be feeling lonely or socially isolated and visitors are not allowed because of the outbreak.
The older generation, children, teenagers, health care workers, doctors and representatives who are helping with the responses of covid-19 are most vulnerable to this infectious outbreak.
Coping with the stress
- Take care of yourself, family, friends and helping the community around may help you release from the stress and also make your community stronger.
- There is so much news about the pandemic some facts and some misinterpreted, stay away from too much social media or watching too much TV. Hearing too much about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Eat healthy and well balanced meals. Take time off to relax and if possible meditate every day
- Exercise regularly to keep your body fit
- Indulge in some activity that you enjoy doing
- Connecting with friends and neighbours will help and provide some relaxation
If your daily activities are getting effected, please call your healthcare provider and inform them about the stress you are facing. They will be able to help you.
Parents should talk to their children about the Covid-19 outbreak and share the facts about the disease. Assure your child that they are safe. Limit the exposure to social media and misinterpreted information as they may bring fear in children. Be a role model to the kids and demonstrate eating well, sleeping well, exercising and follow the methods of sanitizing carefully.
When children see their parents dealing with COVID-19 calmly and confidently, that can be reassuring to the others around them and support for their children.
If any of your family member or children are stranded currently in a foreign nation as a result of the international travel freeze, it is important to ensure that their health needs are well taken care of. It is important to buy good travel health insurance
which will cover them for the current pandemic. There are some US insurance providers who are still providing short term travel insurance with coverage for Covid19 both within the US as well as outside the US. Good travel health insurance cover will help the insured pay the hospital bills for the treatment and give them a relief financially while outside one’s home country. By insuring your loved ones provides relief from additional financial stress should they come in contact with the virus.
With being physically fit it is very important to be mentally fit as well during this crisis. Let’s all follow the correct methods to sanitization and stay safe during this pandemic.