Our minds are powerful tools and during times of anxiety, we need to take stock of our meditations to ensure it works positively. Here are some ways to stay stress free; remember, your mental wellness starts with you.
Don’t be stressed
It is normal to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talk to people you trust. Contact your friends and family.
Find your peace
If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle (including a proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contact with loved ones at home).
Stay in touch
Keep in touch with family and friends through email, phone calls and making use of social media platforms.
Don’t use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs to cope with your emotions.
If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or a social worker, or another trusted person in your community (e.g. religious leader or community elder).
Have a plan where to go and seek help for physical and mental health and psychosocial needs, if required.
Avoid negative media
Decrease the time you and your family spend watching or listening to upsetting media.
Put measures that prevent sexual abuse and exploitation for children in affected families e.g. children left alone due to quarantined parents. Link the children with community childcare workers (CCWs).
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