These are uncertain times for all of us. Many worry about the impact the Covid 19 outbreak will have on their health and on the health of their loved ones, whilst others might worry more about the painful impact on global, local and personal finances.
It is so important in challenging times like these that we all stay positive despite being impacted by this outbreak in one way or another.
Here are a few easy steps promoted by the WHO to manage our anxiety levels and pull together to get through these difficult weeks:
· Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to
feel worried. Get the facts. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumours.
· Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper.
· Find opportunities to amplify the voices, positive stories and positive images of local people who have experienced the new coronavirus and have recovered or who have supported a loved one through recovery and are willing to share their experience.
· Older adults, especially in isolation and those with cognitive decline/dementia, may become more anxious, angry, stressed, agitated, and withdrawn during the outbreak/while in quarantine. Provide practical and emotional support through informal networks (families) and health professionals.
· Help children find positive ways to express disturbing feelings such as fear and sadness. Every child has his/her own way to express emotions. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing, and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate their disturbing feelings in a safe and supportive environment.
If you should need to go into isolation, here are a few tips:
· Stay connected and maintain your social networks. Even in situations of isolations, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines. If health authorities have recommended limiting your physical social contact to contain the outbreak, you can stay connected via e-mail, social media, video conference and telephone.
· During times of stress, pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food. Keep things in perspective. Public health agencies and experts in all countries are working on the outbreak to ensure the availability of the best care to those affected.
And as we all know, painting and creating is a perfect therapy for stress. So maybe now is the moment to stock up on your favourite colours and use the sudden break in our often busy lives and get painting.
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Stay safe – and let’s keep the morale up!