18 Mar Psychological help during coronavirus outbreak
Spending days and weeks at home with limited resources, little stimulation and no social contact may have psychological consequences. At iDN+S we would like to propose some basic recommendations to help us keep in good psychological shape in times of coronavirus.
- Manage the time you are connected to the news. Avoid being connected 24h to internet or to the TV checking for constant changes in the news. The excess of information may increase negative emotions. Try and limit to 2 the number of times you check the news every day.
- Manage intrusive and distorted thinking. In a pandemic it is normal to experience catastrophic thinking. Keep calm, question the validity of your own catastrophic thoughts and replace them with less catastrophic thoughts.
- Emotions of fear and concern are normal. Accept these emotions and don´t dwell on them, or else you will only intensify them.
- Find ways to distract yourself. Make some space for something different other than coronavirus. Focusing your attention on other things will help you distract.
- Maintain a positive and objective attitude towards this exceptional situation. It will help you cope better with it.
Other helpful resources:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has offered some recommendations on how to manage anxiety and stress, specifically directed to parents, children and people who have been released from quarantine. Click here to open link. If you want to know more on how to help homebound children during the covid-19 outbreak, please click here.
- The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has published an article on the Psychological Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Please click here to open article.
- The American Psychiatric Association offers plentiful resources on how to cope with the psychological effects of COVID-19 outbreak. Please click here for more information.
- World Health Organisation. Please click here
Please note that if you need tailored psychological help, our team are taking online consultations. Contact us if you need help.
The iDN+S Marbella Team