The Corona virus pandemic threatens not only physical health, but also mental health of every individual. Not only fear, but the psychological effects it can cause can have serious consequences. What are some mental health problems that can arise and how can you deal with them?
The outbreak of the Corona virus infection or COVID-19 is increasingly widespread and has infected more than 190 countries, including Indonesia. In Indonesia alone, the number of positive COVID-19 patients is increasing rapidly.
This of course can cause fear and panic. Moreover, the suggestion to stay at home and the social distancing policy , which is now known as physical distancing , has more or less created emotional distance between family, friends, co-workers, friends, or members of the community in places of worship who can provide mutual support.
For some people, this can be felt as a tremendous pressure or burden. If not controlled, this pressure will have a negative impact on mental healthy.
Mental Health Disorders During the Corona Virus Pandemic
Mental health problems that occur during a pandemic can be caused by various things, such as fear of the plague, feeling of isolation during quarantine, sadness and loneliness due to being away from family or loved ones, anxiety about the needs of daily life, plus confusion due to information mazy.
These not only affect people who already have mental health problems, such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder , they can also affect people who are physically and mentally healthy.
Some groups that are prone to experiencing psychological stress during the Corona virus pandemic are children, the elderly, and medical workers. The stress that continues during this pandemic can cause disruptions in the form of:
- Excessive fear and anxiety for the safety of yourself and those closest to you
- Changes in sleep and diet patterns
- Boredom and stress from being constantly at home, especially with children
- It’s hard to concentrate
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Worsening of physical health, especially in people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension
- The appearance of psychosomatic disorders
Tips for Maintaining Mental Health During the Corona Virus Pandemic
The following are some things you can do to maintain mental health during the Corona virus pandemic:
1. Do physical activity
You can do a variety of light exercise, such as jogging or jumping on the spot, you can do during quarantine at home. By doing physical activity, your body will produce endorphins that can relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and improve your mood .
Stretching and breathing exercises can also help you calm down. Don’t forget to bask in the morning sun to boost your immune system.
2. Eating nutritious food
Eat foods that contain protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You can get a variety of nutrients from rice and cereals , fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, nuts, and milk.
Not only to maintain the health of your body, adequate nutritional intake can also maintain your mental health, either directly or indirectly.
3. Quit bad habits
If you are a smoker, try to stop this bad habit from now on. Smoking will increase your risk of being infected with germs, including the Corona virus. In addition, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Smoking habits and consuming alcoholic beverages can interfere with your physical and mental health.
Bad habits that also need to be stopped are not getting enough rest or staying up late. If you don’t get enough rest, you will experience anxiety more easily and your mood will be more volatile.
4. Create your own routine
During your home quarantine, you can engage in hobbies or activities that you enjoy, such as cooking, reading books, or watching movies. Apart from increasing productivity, these activities can also eliminate boredom.
5. Be wise to sort information
Limit your time watching, reading, or hearing news about the pandemic, whether from television, print media, or social media to reduce anxiety.
Even so, don’t shut yourself out completely from important information. Sort the information you receive critically and wisely. Get information about the Corona virus pandemic only from reliable sources.
6. Maintain communication with family and friends
Take the time to communicate with your family, friends, friends, and co-workers, whether via text message, telephone, or video call . You can share your worries and worries. This way you can reduce the pressure you feel, so you can relax more.
If you do have a mental disorder , take the medicines your doctor prescribes regularly. If necessary, check with your doctor regularly so that the doctor can monitor the progress of your condition.