Coronavirus and mental health

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and pandemia are global problems that cause uncertainty, fear, stress and the most likely – panic. This is definitely traumatic event and we all try to find the most suitable ways to deal with unknown and unpredictable situation.

Everybody has different reactions to stress and it depends of previous experiences, background and people that you are surrounded with.

Overwhelming fear can affect changes in sleep and eating habits, difficulty to concentrate, worse you overall health, increase use of alcohol, drugs and cause or increase anxiety and depression.

In response to coronavirus we have guidance to avoid social events, crowds and people in general, which also creates not only physical distance bat also social and psychological. This social distance affect people’s mental health, and it is especially challenging for people who already deal with depression and anxiety, because those disorders are already isolating by themselves.

How we can protect our mental health?

First, limit information that are coming. There are so many stories out there, every channel, every newspaper, social media talk about coronavirus and we find it difficult to keep our life alive and not identify with overwhelming feelings that cause constant exposure to sources. You can find one trustful source that you will follow and try to limit frequency of update in order that you feel comfortable with. Also, follow yourself and know when it is too much for you, so that you can support yourself to say no to information or people who are bragging all the time about present disease.

So, find trustful source and practice information (social media) discipline.

Because of isolation and separation, it is important to create feeling of emotional security. Find a friend or family member that you will speak online every day. In addition, you can build online community and gather people with who you share same interest. Many organizations and institutions in your city provide psychological support, so you can pick up a phone and have contact with someone who is willing to understand you.

Try to keep routine and have structured time. Healthy meals, regular sleep and exercise (there are so many online workouts) and productivity (podcast, book, work) will bring you more joyful time and make you feel that your life didn’t stop because of coronavirus.

If you are dealing with anxiety because of coronavirus, try to listen what your anxiety is saying to you, try to name your fears. You can write them down or you can find someone to speak with. Be gentle toward yourself, because any feeling in this situation is understandable.

You are not alone in the fight with coronavirus, and except practicing guidelines we encourage you to take care of your mental health, to bring more conversation, intimacy and relationship in this period of isolation. You can write us to adultsupport@mps-europe.org

Andrea Nenadic,
Psychotherapist
MPS Europe