The Covid-19 pandemic has affected a lot of people not only physically but also mentally. Everyone reacts differently to stressful events. The way you respond to the pandemic would depend on many factors such as your health, finances, social support, physical and mental health. Mental health is important to your overall health and wellbeing.
You may have increased and anxiety and fear about Covid-19. You may become irritable. You may feel confused as you may hear so much information regarding the Corona virus. You may also feel isolated because of the quarantine measures that are being recommended. Feelings of loneliness may increase due to social distancing.
Your sleep pattern may change. You may also have distressing dreams. Changes in appetite may occur. Difficulty with concentration, the memory may happen as well. To some people, there may be an increase in tobacco use of illicit substances. You are not alone. Know what your risks are to the Corona virus.
Here are some tips to cope with Covid-19.
- Eat a healthier meal. A well-balanced meal helps us feel good and not feel sluggish. Choose from colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat lean meats, chicken, and fish. Eat smaller meals. Limit fried foods and fast food.
- Increase your physical activity. Exercise boosts our immune function.
- Sleep is important for immune function, body repair, and mood.
- Limit alcohol and drug use.
- Continue to foster relationships with family and friends. Use face time, zoom, texts to connect with family.
- Spirituality helps during times of uncertainties.
- Call 911 if thoughts and mood worsens or if there is an increase in alcohol and drug use.
- Use reputable sources for your Covid-19 information like the www.cdc.gov
- Limit the use of social media.
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