In recent weeks we have witnessed how the cases of coronavirus increased unstoppably beyond Chica, both in Europe and in America. Reaching such extreme levels that the Spanish Government decided a few days ago to decree the ‘ State of Alarm ‘ and, with it, the confinement of all citizens.
Precisely this quarantine implies, among other things, the closure of schools, museums, theaters, shops, restaurants, etc. And, in addition to all this, you can only go outside for essential things such as going to work, to buy food, to the doctor or to buy medicine at the pharmacy. For this reason, it is very likely that those who suffer from stress and anxiety in their day to day, during these days locked up at home, will see their anxiety and stress levels increased in some way .
In the same way that during this period of time we will want to take care of our body, we must also make the effort to take care of our mental health , since this health will be affected during the different stages of quarantine. Being aware of this, specialists such as the Psycast team of professionals , led by the psychologist Carolina Marín , have launched an initiative that makes a useful guide available to anyone where they explain and help manage the different negative feelings that can invade us. during confinement. These help and advice will be through an online podcast project, videos and other resources.
For this reason, here are some tips to control that fear and anxiety that, unfortunately, we will sometimes feel throughout this quarantine.
The first step is to accept that, indeed, what happens to us is that we are going through an episode of anxiety, in the same way, we must accept that anxiety levels vary during the days we are locked up and it is completely normal.
Accepting that this can happen is the first step in overcoming or coping with anxiety.
Control the information you consume
Faced with this confinement situation, we will not stop receiving all kinds of information, and most of it will probably be false . For this reason you must learn to document yourself. Do not believe hoaxes, always contrast the information and above all, try not to have alarmist people in your circle. Do not believe anything that is not endorsed by the following entities: the World Health Organization , the Ministry of Health or the European Center for Disease Control .
Maintain a daily routine
If you are not teleworking, do not leave the routine aside . It is normal that you are not busy as in your daily life but DO NOT stop having a routine, that will help you to be busy and not think too much about the situation. Avoid spending the day lying on the couch , stick to a regular meal schedule, and DO NOT talk about the coronavirus all the time.
Do not stop having contact with yours
Just because you can’t have physical contact doesn’t mean you can’t have it virtually. Socialize with your circle of friends and family. Do not isolate yourself in your own bubble, talk with others and try to make video calls , that will help you notice your loved ones closer, has recommended the psychologist Rafael San Román .
Remember that you are not alone, everyone is in the same situation of isolation.
The physical activity is very important and very beneficial in these cases. In addition to helping us not to feel bad at the end of the quarantine, it will also help us to clear our minds . Take care of yourself during quarantine, eat healthy and exercise as much as possible at home. At the end you will notice yourself in better spirits and your head will be distracted during the time you do it, that is why Carolina Marín recommends exercising within the possibilities of our house .
Do not isolate yourself
If you are quarantining with your family, friends or partner, DO NOT isolate yourself. Do not close yourself and share your feelings with others , this will help you accept it and realize that, surely, you can work on your fear so that anxiety levels are not magnified. Do not repress your feelings, externalizing it will help you overcome it.
Do things you never do
Take advantage of this free time to do everything that you do not do with the routine . Read, paint, learn English, train your mind doing sudoku … According to Miguel Angel Rizaldos , a psychologist, he advises that busy doing those things that we do not do in our day to day will be very beneficial for our mind. In the same way, we must assume that each person is a different world, so not all the advice may help you mitigate that fear and anxiety caused by the health situation due to covid-19.
Likewise, after this little learning, we conclude with a reflection by the psychologist Rafael San Román: ” If we all do it well , if we feel involved, since we are all active subjects who collaborate in stopping the spread if we stay at home, everything will end sooner. , we will all help the good development of this health crisis “.