The uncertainty surrounding coronavirus and the constant bombardment of information about it can affect our mental health. We are understandably getting worried about the things we are hearing and without noticing, we are beginning to have trouble sleeping, concentrating or gettting on with our normal lives.
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It is okay to be anxious about the increasingly alarming COVID-19 news since you need to be on top of the latest guidance. While at it you need to be aware and be responsible for our mental health.
According to the Public Mental Health Education during COVID-19 Pandemic, trauma and news about COVID-19 can affect your mental health and you can tell when you this happens if you find yourself getting worried and constantly thinking about death. It can also make you feel sad all the time or get angry easily. Here are more signs
Trouble sleeping and/or concentrating: Worrying about coronavirus can make you lack sleep and lose concentrate.
Inability to relax: The uncertainty and the feeling of lack of control about the pandemic can cause anxiety. You feed your anxiety by waiting for something to happen, anticipating the worst.
Loss of appetite: Appetite is a desire for food. This desire cane be influenced by moods and emotions. Worrying too much about COVID-19 affects your mood and resultantly your appetite.
Increased alcohol intake and other drugs: We tend to take refuge in our addictions and since we can’t feel fully in charge of the situation, it is easy to get immersed in alcohol or drugs.
Lack of energy: Stress and depression can make everyday tasks feel impossible. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) compulsions can also take up so much of your time.
Taking care of your OCD:
The recommendations and protocols such as washing hands and not touching face, among others, may be worsening the situation for people with OCD who exhibit repetitive cleaning behaviours. This is actually not bad but its alarming when it stops them from doing anything else.
If you find yourself fretting about coronavirus and falling into repetitive behaviours, you can ration your worry time by maybe limiting the number of times you wash your hands or clean surfaces and try not think about COVID-19 throughout the day.
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