In this post, we would highlight some guidance as it relates to the potential psychological impact associated with COVID-19. To be clear, I think it’s important to distinguish between grief and loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.
To varying degrees, we will all be experiencing grief and loss in relation to this event for some time to come. In each one of our lives, there are dark events that chronicle the passage of time.
Well, we now have a new event: COVID-19. And when it comes to self-care, we recommend the following.
1- Ensure you do your very best to stabilize your sleep.
2- Don’t use the crisis as an excuse to stray from healthy lifestyle choices.
3- Resist the urge to use alcohol or other substances as a stress management tool.
4- Be mindful of how you spend your time and who you spend it with.
Toxic people and situations are more toxic during periods of crisis.
5- Limit your exposure to social media and the 24-hour news cycle.
If you find the combination of the audiovisual medium too evoking, read or listen to the news and avoid scary videos.
6- Be mindful of the things that you say to yourself about yourself.
Give yourself the same kind of grace you offer others. You know, so often during crisis situations, we tend to focus on that which we can’t control and neglect that which we can actually influence.
The beautiful thing is that human species has a hundred per cent survival rate for these situations. This time in our history has a beginning, and a middle, and an end. We can’t control all that happens, but we can control how we respond to what happens. Please take care of yourself. Be well.