The uncertainty and constant news about the outbreak take a toll on people’s mental health. Worrying about the unknown may make you restless, stressed, or you may experience difficulty in sleeping. But these reactions are normal in abnormal situations. The vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, pregnant women, homeless people and migrants, may experience higher level of distress. Prolonged exposure to stress is well-known to affect our physical and mental well-being and overall quality of life. The physical symptoms such as recurring headaches or sleepless nights could be linked to your mental wellbeing.
During the pandemic that is sweeping across the world, it is essential that mental health care is made available to vulnerable groups, including frontline healthcare workers, so that their experiences do not define their lives.
Normal reactions in abnormal situations
Being momentarily stressed is not a disease. And being afraid in these times is also normal and even healthy, because it helps us to be more careful. They are normal reactions in an abnormal situation. When these feelings of stress and fear, however, are transforming into a long lasting condition, then they can become unhealthy and have an influence on our quality of life.
Most of the emotional reactions could be managed with simple self-help mechanisms. These mechanisms could be as simple as taking a deep breath or doing something that makes you happy, they create a space for us to be detached from the things that worried us.
Watch the video of MSF Psychologist Raimund Alber as he recommends “3 takes” to help you manage your stress.
Take a breath
Take a break from the things that worry you
Take care of your body
If you need professional support, please call Caritas Crisis Hotline 18288 (24 hours). It’s free and confidential.
Remember, you are not alone!