Protect Yourself and Your Mental Health against COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in December 2019, people worldwide have been advised to protect themselves from the virus by practicing stricter hygiene, boosting one’s immunity, and looking out for symptoms of illnesses. Recent news and events have always been focused on protecting your body from the virus, but this pandemic has also taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. We have listed a few helpful tips to help you get through in this time of distress.

Stay connected with family and friends
It is normal to feel stressed and scared during a crisis. Reach out to people you trust about your feelings to overcome stress and find support from one another.

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Cut down on vices
Don’t use smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to deal with your emotions. Try to focus on healthier hobbies and activities to boost your mental health.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Take care of your mind and body by getting enough sleep, starting an exercise routine, and eating nutritious meals.

Take breaks from social media
Reduce unwanted stress by limiting your time on social media. News online may be upsetting and too much information can be confusing and overwhelming.

Find a new pastime or rekindle an old hobby
Get started on that hobby that you’ve always wanted to try. You can also revisit an old interest that has helped you cope in the past. Use your free time to develop your skills and manage your stress.

Give back when you can
Let people know that you are willing to help in any way that you can. It might be as simple as complimenting someone, sharing your passion, spreading the good news, or helping your family or neighbor with a chore.

You can also try reaching out to your community on how you can show your support for our front liners, especially healthcare workers, community workers, and volunteers. By giving back, you are able to improve yours and others’ mental health by providing solutions and alleviating stress.

Your Mental Health is Just as Important as Your Physical Health

If you feel overwhelmed with all the events and news around you, it would be best to seek help from experts. SYKES’ Total Wellness Team has put together a list of organizations that you can contact to deal with stress. Seeking help from these organizations is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

HOPE Hotline
8804 HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673)

USAP Hotline
7989 USAP (8727)
0917 889 USAP (8727)

IN TOUCH Hotline
8893 7603
0917 800 1123 (Globe)
0922 893 8944 (Sun)

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Sources:
www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/top-tips-to-get-through/
www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/coping-with-stress.pdf?sfvrsn=9845bc3a_2
www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

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