• Ying-Ni Huang

Covid-19 - A time of distress but we are all here.

Updated: Mar 28, 2020

Natural disaster is scary because it threatens people’s lives and so is Covid-19. While the threat does exist, we could exaggerate its magnitude. Correct information could reduce flying anxiety. According to WHO, 95% of patients currently infected with Covid-19 present with mild symptoms while 5% suffer from serious ones. The recovery is 87% among closed cases, and mortality rate 3.4% by 3 March.

Spotting danger, we enter fight and flight mode and adrenaline kicks in with central nervous system on. Our body secretes a lot stress chemicals to prepare. In the short-term, it really helps us gauge crisis. However, if we couldn’t relax from the stressors for a long-term, our immune system become vulnerable. Fighting pandemic takes time and uncertainty. This can really cause our wellbeing and health. However, it is also an opportunity to really look after ourselves and care for others. Here are some little exercises to help our self-care:

  • Keep updated with the news while reframing from long-hour exposure to the information. The latter distorts our cognition by tunnel vision. We try to get prepared so we watch news. We then get scared so we watch more news to get in control. Paradoxically, the un-proportional high amount of news signals our brain that now the situation is even more dangerous. We catastrophize the situation.

  • Get connected! Talk to friends, families, partners, lovers, colleagues, etc to release your burden. While minimizing physical contact, social media helps us stay connected, which boosts immune system.

  • Take a walk or any exercise doable now. Healthy and happy.

  • Meditation, like noticing breathing or deep breathing. Helps us step out of fight or flight mode and connect body and mind.

  • Be creative to make lift your mood. Enhance the sense of self-efficacy and instill hope.

Let’s take this time to learn self-care. Stay safe.

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