Updated: Jan 4, 2021
The uncertainty and scale of the spread of the virus Covid-19 into the new year is a huge trigger for Anxiety, Stress, feelings of Panic, fear and Depression.Sadly, having to live for so many months under lockdown conditions is taking its toll on people's Mental Health and Wellbeing and almost everyone is navigating Chronic Stressors with profound consequences - both mental, emotional, financial and physical.
These stressors are real and it is really essential that we share best practice, informed by research and Psychology during this time of unprecedented levels of stress to support and boost our Mental Health and strengthen our resilience. As a psychologist I have been hugely privileged to be able to continue working digitally but I am certainly aware of how devastating and stressful it is for many whose business and life feels on the brink of collapse. This not ok for me and my own partner's business is one of those.
So here are some vital Self Care strategies you can rely on to steady your nerves, safeguard your Wellbeing and stand strong in the face of this lockdown number 3 by me - by Dr Chloe Paidoussis Mitchell, Chartered Psychologist.
1. Choose which sources you will receive information from
There are a lot of fake news stories out there and lots of spreading of misinformation regarding Covid-19. So it is important to remember that when and if you look at these sources you remind yourself that unless the source is peer reviewed by academics and experts it may be “massaging the data” to promote an agenda and a particular political point of view.
Also be aware of some of the dramatic language being used by the media to sensationalize and draw you in to the drama of it all. Words like victim, diseased etc are very negative and trigger fear in most of us.
Remind yourself that the news tends to focus on the negative and shocking as it impacts global economies, health services and lifestyle. There is less emphasis on positively spinning unfolding stories – for example the number of people who are recovering, the positive stories of excellent health care available and the idea that collectively the human race can work together to get through this.
It is a hugely disrupting and distressing situation and the best way to get through it is to stay balanced in what information we internalize, what action we take and to appreciate that we have a choice in how sucked in we get into the narrative of dread and fear that is being pedaled.
Your job is to stay informed and alert. The internet is a non regulated space so be aware of this when you use it as your source of information.
2. Set good boundaries
If you find the news too triggering, limit how often you listen to it.
At the moment we are bombarded from all channels (radio, tv, twitter, press) and although it is important to stay informed, you do not need to stay informed every hour of each day. So set boundaries in how often you attend to global news.