What effects of the epidemiological isolation we are currently experiencing across the country should we expect over the short and long term?
Recently, the media has been bombarding us with information on the coronavirus and COVID-19, the information focuses on the numbers of patients and deaths. On people who have been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus. We see charts and numbers of people who died because of it. Such information had not previously appeared with such great intensity, it is obvious that it can raise concerns for everyone. Whether they are older or younger, they have an additional stressor that may increase the risk of deteriorating mental health. Especially the occurrence of anxiety and mood disorders, and often exacerbation of their symptoms.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends limiting the flow of information that reaches us and causes us discomfort and anxiety. It’s not good for our heads, we should devote more time to hobbies. In such a situation, the flow of information is best limited to only the most important information and reliable sources of knowledge, which in practice will allow us to better adapt to the current conditions. Knowledge of the routes of transmission of the virus, ways to reduce the possibility of infection and proper hygiene will be most useful. In this way, we can really increase our security, which will also be beneficial for our mental health. When we are convinced that the chances of getting sick are not really high.
If possible, try to maintain regular physical activity at home, which may partially replace the currently unavailable physical exertion in the fresh air. We should also remember about remote contact with other people, even if we feel good ourselves. Among our relatives and friends there may be people who really need even a short conversation these days, let’s try to help them.