Being in the midst of a global pandemic, the kind our generation has never witnessed is no easy matter. It is being called ‘the new normal’, but this is a kind of normal no one from our generation has ever seen to date.
Countries and local governments are making rules that change the way we work, live, interact with each other, travel and spend our leisure time. Shutdowns and lockdowns are leading to frustration and fear. Fear of the virus and its causes is taking a huge toll on mental health.
This makes any predispositions to mental health issues and addictions more difficult to cope with. It isolates people from going to 12-step meetings, events, concerts, etc. (coping skills people used to use are being negatively affected by this virus as well). It gives them a very real feeling of being alone, not to mention being scared and confused.
It is indeed a very stressful and difficult time for everyone. However, knowing what’s happening and seeking help for it can and will help. Remember that people worldwide are working towards finding a medical solution to help in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
Here are some of the things that we can do to ensure our own mental health and to help others who may need extra support and care too.
Keep yourself properly informed. Do make it a point to keep yourself correctly informed. Take a few minutes every day to read-up or refer to advice and recommendations from your health and government authorities. They are working to help you. Follow trusted news channels, and keep up-to-date with the latest verified news on social media.
Have a daily routine. It helps, if you do not already, make new ones. If you have no idea what you are going to do each day, it can lead to feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. Having a daily routine provides structure. It adds a sense of familiarity and flow to what we have to do each day.
Minimize watching sensationalized news feeds. Try to keep a check on how much you watch, read or listen to sensationalized news that could make you feel anxious or distressed. Seek the latest information at specific times of the day, once or twice at most.
Social contact is important. Our movements may be restricted, but that shouldn’t stop us from keeping in regular contact with people by phone or online social media. Friends, family and other loved ones are important support groups for every individual.
Control television time. Be aware of how much time you spend watching television daily. Take regular breaks from on-screen activities. Walk around the house and/or get a sandwich or a glass of water to drink.
Use social media. Use your social media accounts to make friends, engage with them, and promote positivity and hopeful stories. Do try and correct misinformation wherever you may see it. Avoid negative situations and stay away from anything negative.
Try and always help others. If and whenever you are able to, offer kindness, love and support to people in your community who may need it. Helping others has a great way of lifting one’s own morale and making one feel fulfilled.
Support your health workers. Take the opportunity whenever you can to thank your country’s health-care workers and all those working to respond to COVID-19. Frontline health workers are integral in the response to the pandemic. Participate in any community appreciation of those who provide healthcare under challenging circumstances.
Finally, don’t discriminate against anyone.
Fear is a very normal human reaction in situations of uncertainty. But often fear gets expressed in ways which may really hurt other people.
Remember to be kind and caring, we’re all in this together.
- Don’t discriminate against people because of your fears of COVID-19.
- Don’t discriminate against people who you think may have the virus.
- Don’t discriminate against health workers. They deserve respect and gratitude.
- COVID-19 has affected people from across the globe. Don’t attribute it to any specific group.
Has the current crisis tragically affected you or your loved ones? Are you or anyone you know struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs? Are you dealing with an existing mental health condition? If you are finding it difficult to cope with the situation, don’t wait any longer to seek help.
Rain Recovery has highly experienced staff to help you with addiction and mental health treatment. Focusing on restoring and reconnecting every client to their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health, we help them to recover and live a drug-free life. We will create a unique and customized treatment plan. To chat with one of our admission counsellors, call: (818) 208-9446. We have a passion for caring for our clients and their families.