Closed schools, restaurants, theaters and concert halls in pandemic coronavirus in many cities of the world life is partially stopped. People are scared, feel anxiety, someone can fall into depression. Experts who developed recommendations about how to take care of your mental health and to help the family.
Show your solidarity!
First of all experts of the world health organization encourage everyone to be human: the coronavirus is not a disease inherent in any nationality or race; ill have nothing bad you did, they deserve only support and sympathy. Experts also asked "not to hang labels," calling infected with, for example, "victims of coronavirus".
Psychologists also call "not to dwell" on the situation, which, of course, difficult in a crisis of this magnitude. And yet, minimize the consumption of news that cause you anxiety, and use only proven sources. For example, try to connect to this website twice a day at the time to be aware of the events, but not to expose themselves around the clock "attack" information. Try to stay away from rumours and to take note only of the facts - it will help to overcome the feeling of fear.
who also offer people to take care of each other. For example, call the neighbor if you know he lives alone and belongs to a vulnerable group of the population. These simple solidarity that bring people together, help to feel the spirit and set up in a more positive way. The world has seen pictures of how the residents of apartment buildings in Italy came to the balcony together to sing a song. Music in General helps, but you can still share positive stories about recovered – such because a lot, and they are in most cases willing to help others.
Doctors are in constant stress
We all have to remember about the work of the medical staff these days: as if it did not sound snobbish, these people are on the frontlines and daily make a feat. When does the influx of patients as it was in China and is happening today in Italy, the staff have to work in shifts, and many spend the night at work, do not go home, not to infect relatives. A picture of one of the nurses, has fallen asleep directly in a mask and medical cap with his head resting on the table, became a symbol of the heroism of Italian physicians.
who noted that many doctors and other medical staff are now experiencing a lot of stress, some in such cases, it seems that they are powerless and can not cope with their duties, and this further aggravates the stress. Psychologists say that it is normal under the circumstances, but I recall that the concern about the psychological condition of doctors is no less important than protecting their physical health.
In who recommend doctors, however, and all the rest, to the extent possible sleep, try to eat healthy, to do exercises, to communicate with friends and relatives and not to resort to such destructive methods of dealing with depression, as alcohol and cigarettes.
Sad but true: some doctors these days and are faced with stigma. Many avoid them for fear of infection. We are all asked these days to keep the distance at the meetings and to refrain from shaking hands, but this does not mean that we should abandon the dialogue and words of support. This can be done by phone, by video call or sending a text message. Don't go inside, stay connected, recommend psychologists.
How to help children and the elderly
Children experience fear when they close schools and we cannot meet with friends. Our task is to help them Express their emotions. Each child requires an individual approach, but experts agree that many help games, drawing and other creative arts. Children are greatly relieved when they have the opportunity to share their concerns in an atmosphere of goodwill.
Experts recommend that you spend with children more time, and if parents and relatives are forced because of circumstances to entrust the care of children to others, it is necessary to ensure regular communication with the family at least two times a day, if possible with the use of channels of audio or even better video.
it is Desirable to maintain the usual mode of day or set a new due to the conditions. The main thing is regularity and predictability. Experts suggest openly talking to your child about current news on the spread of infection, explaining information, taking into account age peculiarities. And remember, many children are closely watching the reaction of adults to the crisis! If you are too excited, the child will be transferred to your excitement. "On the plane before takeoff, when to carry out instructions on safety rules, talking about the oxygen masks which first need to put on, and then at the child, - said in an interview with the news Service of the UN, who specialist Oleg Storozhenko. - First and foremost you must be healthy to ensure the safety of others." This rule applies to mental health.
Not less than subtle relationships require and the elderly, especially those who suffer from cognitive disorders, dementia. Disorders regular schedule, isolation, and quarantine can increase stress levels and cause irritability and anxiety. Experts recommend to talk to the elderly about what is happening and about the means of protection from infection. If necessary to repeat these facts in an accessible form, showing patience and respect.
And last: if you are taking medication on a regular basis, including mental health, make sure that you had the necessary supply of medication for at least two weeks.