Maintaining Mental He alth During the Corona Virus Pandemic

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Maintaining Mental He alth During the Corona Virus Pandemic
Maintaining Mental He alth During the Corona Virus Pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic not only threatens physical he alth, but also mental he alth of every individual. Not only fear, the psychological effects caused can have a serious impact. What mental he alth disorders can arise and how to deal with them?

The outbreak of Corona virus infection or COVID-19 is increasingly widespread and has infected more than 190 countries, including Indonesia. In Indonesia itself, the number of positive COVID-19 patients is increasing rapidly.

Maintaining Mental He alth During the Corona Virus Pandemic - Alodokter

If you experience symptoms of Corona virus infection and require a COVID-19 examination, click the link below so you can be directed to the nearest he alth facility:

  • Rapid Antibody Test
  • Antigen Swab (Rapid Test Antigen)
  • PCR

This can certainly cause fear and panic. Moreover, the recommendation to stay at home and the social distancing policy, which is now called physical distancing, has more or less caused emotional distance between family, friends, co-workers, friends, or community members in places of worship who can support each other.

For some people, this can be felt as a very big pressure or burden. If not controlled, this pressure will have a negative impact on mental he alth. Therefore, early examination or mental he alth screening is important.

Mental He alth Disorders During the Corona Virus Pandemic

Mental he alth disorders that occur during a pandemic can be caused by various things, such as fear of the plague, feeling isolated during quarantine, sadness and loneliness due to being away from family or loved ones, anxiety about the needs of daily life, plus again confused due to confusing information.

These things not only affect people who already have mental he alth problems, such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder, but can also affect people who are physically and mentally he althy.

Some of the groups that are vulnerable to psychological stress during the Corona virus pandemic are children, the elderly, and medical workers. The pressure that lasts during this pandemic can cause disturbances in the form of:

  • Excessive fear and anxiety for the safety of yourself and those closest to you
  • Changes in sleep patterns, including covid-somnia, and diet
  • Tired and stressed from being constantly at home, especially with children
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Abuse of alcohol and drugs
  • Deteriorating physical he alth, especially in people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension
  • The emergence of psychosomatic disorders

Tips on Maintaining Mental He alth During the Corona Virus Pandemic

The following are some things you can do to maintain mental he alth during the Corona virus pandemic:

1. Doing physical activity

A variety of light exercises, such as jogging or jumping in place, you can do during quarantine at home. By doing physical activity, your body will produce endorphins that can relieve stress, reduce worry, and improve your mood.

Stretching and breathing exercises can also help you to 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, he althy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You can get a variety of these nutrients from rice and cereals, fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, nuts, and milk.

Not only to maintain your body's he alth, adequate nutritional intake can also maintain your mental he alth, either directly or indirectly.

3. Breaking 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 the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The habit of smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages can interfere with your physical and mental he alth.

Bad habits that also need to be stopped are lack of rest or often staying up late. If you don't get enough rest, you will experience anxiety more easily and your mood will be more unstable.

4. Create your own routine

During quarantine at home, you can do hobbies or activities that you enjoy, such as cooking, reading books, or watching movies. In addition to increasing productivity, these activities can also relieve boredom.

5. It's wiser to sort information

Limit your time to watch, read, or hear news about the pandemic, whether from television, print media, or social media to reduce anxiety.

Nevertheless, don't completely shut yourself off from important information. Sort the information you receive critically and wisely. Get information about the Corona virus pandemic only from trusted sources.

6. Maintain communication with family and friends

Take time to communicate with your family, friends, friends and co-workers, whether by text message, phone or video call. You can also form a social bubble with strict he alth protocol discipline. Also, share your worries and anxieties. In this way, the pressure you feel can be reduced so that you can be calmer.

If you do have a mental disorder, take medicines that have been prescribed by your doctor regularly. If necessary, check with your doctor regularly so that the doctor can monitor the progress of your condition.

Fear and anxiety are normal to feel during this pandemic. However, try to always think positively and be grateful. If the stress and fear you experience feels very heavy, don't hesitate to consult a psychologist or psychiatrist through the chat feature with a doctor in the Alodokter application.

Written by:

dr. Andi Marsa Nadhira

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