Sam has been working in the healthcare industry for 5 years, she lives in Georgia with her husband and 2 dogs. She freelances as a content writer and loves to read about medical trends and share the knowledge around.
As coronavirus infections grow globally, concern and panic increase. And it is not surprising that health organizations are constantly repeating how to better protect ourselves from infection. But how do you stay safe in this climate and simultaneously ensure that fear does not take over your life and become an unmanageable situation?
Here we have some tips for both, people who are not directly related to coronavirus infections and those who are.
Here anxiety can manifest itself in several ways: nervousness, agitation, alertness; not being able to stop thinking about something else; need to be constantly seeing and hearing information about the coronavirus; difficulty carrying out daily tasks. It is also perceived in those people who are having trouble falling asleep and who “find it difficult to control their concern and persistently ask their family members about their state of health, warning them of the serious dangers they run every time they leave the home”.
In addition to following the previous recommendations, you should:
Experts’ advice involves putting context to our fears and trying to calm them “personal resources that regulate us emotionally” and limited the consumption of news, putting the focus on official media. «The excessive search for information is an action that offers us the control to calm fear, but paradoxically increases it since it feeds the obsessive versus the rational. Making appropriate use of the information (especially that which comes from official media) and granting it an adequate mental space can also help us to go through current circumstances in the healthiest way possible ”.
To feel more in control: buy supplies (just the ones you need), ask if you could work from home if necessary.
Making a plan before the event occurs makes us feel that we have the situation under control and will make things easier the moment something arises. Experts recommend that we ask ourselves questions such as: Do I have supplies if I get sick? Can I work from home if necessary? Who do I have to look after the children? Do I have a thermometer, disinfectant, and medicine on hand? And that we consider how to respond “in case of”.
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