As we all know Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Young children, older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and cancer are at higher risk to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and eradicate transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, and follow the guidelines of WHO.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important to practice Respiratory etiquette.
As of now, there is no specific vaccine for coronavirus disease which has been declared as a pandemic. Therefore, the government at various places is taking a much-needed preventive measure of social distancing (Lockdown). As a consequence of all this, there is an immense amount of stress and tension amongst people.
According to APA President, Bruce Schwartz, – “The stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic can and is having an effect on the physical and mental health of people”.
During this time it is important to do what we can to maintain self-care and manage stress.
So, how to manage stress during this corona lockdown?
While everybody is saying that it is likely to feel distressed in this environment of the pandemic, Hans Selye, the founder of stress theory states that environmental events trigger stress reactions by the way they are interpreted and the meanings they are assigned. This clearly means that we can deal with this tough time without getting distressed and ruining our mental health which will negatively affect the immunity of our body.
As we know stress is the process whereby an individual tends to perceive and respond to events that he/she appraises as overwhelming and threatening to his/her wellbeing. This brings us to the understanding that if we perceive and judge the events wherein we don’t ruminate about the negative outcomes and rather focus on what we can Do in the present moment to tackle current situation. That is if we focus every day on making that particular day fruitful, eventful, helpful and a contributor to our growth then we will have no time to think about the “what ifs ‘ and “shoulds” – the stress dwellers.
It is important to understand that focusing on what you cannot control is a huge waste of time that only makes us feel powerless and inadequate in front of our problems. This eventually makes the problem look like a huge threat that generates distress
As Roy Benett has rightly said, “Instead of worrying about you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create”. Focus on what is around you and how can you make it better . Pay attention to channelizing your energy into creating something helpful. A threat tends to be viewed as less catastrophic if one believes that something can be done about it (Laxman & Folkman, 1984). And in this situation, all you have to do at present is follow the guidelines from the World Health Organization, Government of your state and take care of your health by adopting healthy habits rather than falling for false information or conspiracy theories. So kindly, verify every information from the WHO, CDC, and Government.
During times of stress, it is important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. It essential to engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Having said that, it is extremely important for you to know that you should not procrastinate about all your work that can be done staying indoors, avoid processed foods and addictions. Indulging daily into physical exercise (adequate body movements), breathing exercises and mediation are the best activities to inculcate for physical and mental health.
Avoid watching , reading or listening to the news that causes you to feel distressed. Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice. The constant stream of news and report about an outbreak can cause anyone to get worried.
Stay home and stay healthy till the lockdown ends 🙂
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