By Doc Willie Ong (Internist and Cardiologist)
It is normal to feel stressed during the pandemic. First, you have to make sure you are doing all the protective measures to avoid getting infected. Follow these tips from the CDC:
- Take a break from watching and reading to news stories. It’s good to be informed, but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting.
- Choose accurate, reliable information from trusted sources. Avoid social media accounts and news outlets that promote fear or rumors.
- Take care of yourself and monitor the physical health needs of your loved ones.
- Care for your body. Take deep breaths and stretch your body. Exercise regularly and get some sunshine.
- Try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals.
- Get plenty of sleep. At least 7-8 hours in a day.
- Consider taking vitamins likes vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and probiotics.
- Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
- Do the things that relax you. Engage in activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others online. Talk to people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. It is best to chat online or via phone.
- Connect with your community or religious organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone.
- Helping others to cope too. Taking care of yourself can better equip you to take care of others. Helping others cope with stress through phone calls or video chats can help them feel less isolated.
- Finally, for those with mental health problems, it is important to consult a professional online. If you can’t perform your daily activities anymore, then it is time to seek help.
Stay well and take care.