Admittedly, the quarantine can take a toll on anyone’s mental health. Staying indoors for an extended period of time can bring about stress to anyone who is used to going out and seeing other people every once in a while.
Good thing the Department of Health (DOH), through their CoViD-19 Viber community, is sharing some “brain break tips” which can help ease one’s stress and worry during this quarantine!
Here are three Brain Break Tips from DOH:
Explain to children what CoViD-19 is
It’s normal for children to also feel worried when the people around them are stressed. They could also feel agitated since they don’t get to see their friends and may also insist on going out to play. Explaining the situation to them in a manner they would easily understand would help ease their worries and calm them down.
Seek help from people you trust
If you feel like the situation is taking a huge toll on your mental health, especially if you have mental health issues, it would be good to talk to someone about it. Talk about what and how you’re feeling with someone you trust, like your sibling, significant other, or a professional. Just remember social distancing and stay one meter apart.
Meditate and have some alone time
It’s true that these are stressful times. With everything that’s been on the news right now, who wouldn’t feel a tad bit stressed? If you’re overwhelmed with what’s happening, schedule some alone time and meditate. Reflect on things going on in your life right now, think about the things you’re grateful for, and do things you haven’t done in a while! This would help clear your mind and ease your stress.
The DOH also says that emotional support is important especially for those working at the frontlines—medical personnel, hospital staff, and those manning checkpoints—and the elderly in our families. It’s good to let them know that we’re here for them and that we’re praying for them.
We are also reminded that feeling stress, anxiety, irritability, tiredness, and guilt isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s normal to feel these things during times of crisis.