Among the ongoing lockdown, news of horrifying COVID-19 situations, all of us are simply trying to manage our daily lives by taking care of our children and parents, dealing with financial stresses, and we are trying hard to adjust to a new way to live. All stressors related to COVID-19 may likely result in a myriad of negative feelings such as depression, anxiety, sleep and an eating disorder.
In today’s article, India’s eminent psychologist and counsellor Shivani Misri Sadhoo suggests 3 ways to cope with anxiety and fear related to the COVID-19 situation.
- Stop Reading and Watching COVID-19 News
Research suggests that extreme media exposure and watching hours and hours of the 24/7 news channels can lead to traumatic stress. Watching hours of updates on the Pandemic situation may put a person into a belief that there is no way to save from this disease and if it happens to me, I am gone. In a way, excessive exposure to negative news may weaken a person’s mental strength
- Start Practicing Breathing Exercises and Yoga
A mentally strong person is also the person, who can calmly identify the things that they should do in a time of crisis. During the lockdown, a mentally strong person should ideally focus on breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation – that will enhance his/her body metabolism, release stress, and anxiety.
- Mentally Strong People Exhibit Self- Compassion If They Lack Productivity
During lockdown a lot of people are facing additional pressure in terms of getting their kid’s online schooling – homework and classwork have done, performing all kinds of household chores themselves, doing hours of extra washing (to prevent from the virus) of cloths, vegetables, and groceries. On top, there could be expectations from office– and possibly you may be expected to perform highly since your office perceives you have the whole day to work without interruption.
During the current challenging time, it’s common to experience anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and relationship challenges at home. While you are under lockdown and maintaining social distancing norms to help the country to control COVID-10 spread, your very own counsellor Shivani is now just a call and Skype video call away from you.
However, in this age of coronavirus, we hope to offer our therapeutic help. Change is difficult for all of us and changing the way you meet with your therapist is no exception. But try it before you disregard this option. This is a challenging moment in time, and fears and anxieties are running high.
You may find, telepsychology isn’t a second-rate option. Instead, it’s an effective and efficient upgrade to a valuable service!
Feel free to call Counselor Shivani Misri Sadhoo at +91-8860875040 for telephonic or video support and to book an online counselling session to address any relationship issues, emotional and psychological challenges.