In a time of crisis, naturally fear and panic can strike even the toughest of them all. In a unique crisis where interaction with other people is restricted to the bare minimum, loneliness and uncertainty can creep in, causing unwavering stress and emotional instability. Here are some few tips on how to take care of your mental state of mind from CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen:

  1. Avoid overloading with information. Reduce the amount of information that you consume daily about the virus. Keep to a limited number of trustworthy/credible sources such as the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health
  2. List your most concerning fears and and prepare in advance. Do not overstate the intensity of your fears and do not underestimate your capabilities in dealing with them either.
  3. Think beyond your own security. It is proven fact that in helping others, it provides therapeutic relief to our own selves and builds up your own self confidence. Helping out people more vulnerable than you are helps both parties - just make sure to stick the safety regulations at all times.
  4. Seek external/online support. Talk to someone about your feelings, fears and hopes. On that same note, avoid talking to people on a Covid-19 conspiracy theory frenzy who spark more fear than hope for the future - only listen to and debate on credible facts.
  5. Find your routine. Keeping your body active during the day can flush out negative thoughts and overthinking which may lead to anxiety. This should be followed by a good night's sleep.
  6. It is okay to be worried. The key is to understand them as they are, and place them into reasonable context so that you are not hindered from living your best and healthiest life under the circumstances.
  7. Read books, listen to music or find something that channels your mind into a positive space.
  8. Exercising will do good for your body and mind. Make sure to do plenty of breathing exercises to relieve anxiety and to strengthen lungs.
  9. Try something new. Since we are in a new and predicament, find something to work towards and attain a new skill set during this time. This will give you hope for the future and something to look forward to.
  10. Love, Pray, Hope. No matter your faith/religion/dominion/cultural beliefs, we all stand united against a common enemy.

Let us LOVE one another by sharing support and words of encouragement and helping each other where socially distantly possible. Let us PRAY for one other for divine strength and courage. Hope keeps us strong, so keep that fire burning as we strive for a new dawn.

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Story and Info by Elizabeth Cohen of CNN for Health & Wellness

Written by Tevin NKS

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