How can we keep our psychology in balance during Coronavirus?
How does the Coronavirus outbreak affect our psychological health? What are the physical symptoms of this effect?
Coronavirus outbreak caused extraordinary measures to be taken. Social isolation is a life-saving measure in this process. Stress can also cause physical symptoms. Let's take a look at what we can be affected by.
The epidemic made us alarmed
Our main evolutionary motivation is to survive. We are programmed creatures to protect ourselves in the face of danger and threat and try to survive. All kinds of external factors that threaten our existence, health and integrity are a source of stress for us. Disease threat and life risks create fear. Uncertainties, unfounded news, urban legends and conspiracy theories that spread from ear to ear create anxiety and drive people to panic. Epidemics are the major cause of stress that puts people in an alarm state.
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The three most common stress responses that occur in the face of stress are fighting, running, or doing nothing. According to everyone's own structure, temperament and vital development story, the stress response can be different. In the face of this disease epidemic, some people's fears are much more intense, the security measures they take are minimal, and their mental concerns regarding the issue are excessive; Some people tend to take the risk seriously, avoid reality, avoid, and even deny and ignore it. Some people are almost panic of fear and anxiety, that is, they cannot think and act properly.
It should be noted that one of the most important factors that increase people's stress levels and exceed their coping capacity is that the coronavirus epidemic has been added to many other traumatic experiences we have had recently. If we think about it, our recent history, especially our last few years, has been full of many natural disasters, accidents, crises and social trauma. While trying to live under these conditions, being really good and staying well became very difficult.
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Certain reactions are common in difficult times and after such traumatic events, and these responses are defined as "normal responses to an abnormal condition". It is usual to experience many intense emotions intertwined during such periods; fear, anxiety, panic, anger, anger, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness can be experienced as ups and downs. Among the commonly observed reactions are epidemic news, patient and hospital images, certain images related to deaths that do not go unnoticed, reverberate in the ears, turn into bad dreams and nightmares.
HOW CAN WE PROTECT OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH?
Time is the time to take care of ourselves and each other; It is time to take care of both our physical health and our psychological well-being and endurance.
- Try to take care of your eating and sleeping patterns, even if you don't feel like it; Eat a regular, healthy and balanced diet. Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Remember that it is a health and safety measure to cancel the activities of children 's schools, to declare academic breaks at universities, to congresses, symposiums, meetings, concerts. Do not disturb your daily life, health and safety. Try to reorganize. Keep getting up as early as possible in the morning.
- Social interaction, close human relationships and social sharing are of course always valuable. However, such a period will necessarily bring certain social isolation. Yes, you may not be able to go out, yes, your plans and schedule may be disrupted, but you can also see this process as an opportunity to find new and creative ways to spend time well in your home. Reading books, watching movies, trying new and healthy meals, spending time for your hobbies that you can't spare time, doing yoga and meditation. Talking, sharing and solidarity with your family, friends and neighbours will help you get through this process.