The outbreak of the COVID-19 may be a very stressful period for people. Not only we are dealing with a pandemic as no one knows for sure how it will continue to spread and for how long.
While governments throughout the entire world have been taking measures to prevent people from getting infected, both the number of people infected and the number of deaths continue to climb.
Everyone reacts in a different way to stressful situations.The crisis over COVID-19 is no different.
You may notice:
- Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
- Changes in eating and sleep patterns
- Increased worry and fear about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Increased use of alcohol and tobacco
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
How To Support Yourself
We are all responsible for our own behaviors. And even during this crisis where we are told to stay at home and avoid social interactions, it is wise to keep your mind occupied even if you’re not working. So, you should consider:
- Taking care of your body: From meditation to exercise, eat balanced and healthy meals, and get plenty of sleep.
- Taking a break from the news: While it is important to keep yourself up to date with the recent developments of this pandemic, you don’t need to follow all the stories by the minute.
- Connect with others: While it is advisable to not leave home, you still have a phone and you still have the internet. So you have the time to talk with people you trust about what you are feeling and about your concerns.
- Take time off: Just think of activities that you like and that you can do at home. This will help you stop thinking about the pandemic.
How To Support Your Children
While you may think that your children don’t understand what is happening, they absorb it all. And sooner or later, they may start developing some attitudes to all the stress they are living as well. Some of these reactions may include:
- Excessive sadness or worry
- Excessive irritation or crying in younger children
- Irritability in teenagers
- Unhealthy sleeping and eating patterns
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Difficulty with concentration and attention
- Unexpected body pain or headaches.
Even before you notice these situations, you should talk to your children so they can better understand what is happening. You obviously need to pay attention to their ages and tell them what they need to know accordingly. Make sure that you reassure your child or teen that they are safe and that it is ok for them to feel upset or sad.
One of the things that you should consider doing is to keep up with the daily routines as much as you can. In addition, limiting the news is also a good idea.
While we are right in the middle of a crisis over COVID-19, we are always here for you. We have taken all the precautions to ensure that we are here to support you. In case you just want to talk to someone or ask a question about your children, we have your back. Together we will make it. Schedule an appointment today with one of our counselors.