Guest Post by Doha Boukraa

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Doha Boukraa
Apr 02, 2020


😷 The corona crisis is unprecedented. 

😷 It has subjected everyone to an unprecedented challenge. 

😷 It has also brought us a huge amount of stress and uncertainty.

😷 Uncertainty in terms of its unfolding, its timeline and its end.

πŸ˜‘ Corona has also brought a change that we did not want. It has forced us to break up with our habits and imposed upon us habits that we didn’t choose.

πŸ˜‘ It is also forcing us to face a loss that we did not expect to face: loss of lives. Loss of wealth. Loss of jobs.

πŸ“› Just as we need to take care of our physical health and protect ourselves (and others) 🚿🧼🧴 from catching the coronavirus 🧻, we need to take care of our mental health πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ and protect our mental state from any mental virus πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ.Β 

πŸ†˜οΈ Here some tips on how you can handle your stress, anxiety, fear, frustration, and depressive state.

Tip 1 πŸ†™οΈ: Acknowledge your Mental State and Accept it

πŸ“› In a distressing period, anxiety is normal. It is ok to be stressed out. It is ok to be sad.Β 

🌬 Instead of fighting your stress and hating it, acknowledge it, lean in to it and accept it. 

🌬 Emotions are mentions: naming our feeling and leaning in to them is the first step to take control over them. 

Tip 2 πŸ†™οΈ: Live in the Present

πŸ“› People get anxious because they allow their thoughts to project them into the future.

πŸ“› By projecting yourself into the future, you get anticipatory anxiety: you begin to picture everyone around you sick. You see all kind of terrible pictures of your future.Β 

🌬 Each time we do that, we have to bring ourselves back to the moment and say: βœ” I am healthy. βœ” I am safe. βœ” I am at home. βœ” I have everything I need. βœ” Everything is ok in this moment.Β 

Tip 3 πŸ†™οΈ: Understand What You Have Control Over

πŸ†˜οΈ You have to understand what you have control over versus what you don’t.Β 

πŸ” You can stay 6 feet away from people.

πŸ” You can wash your hands.

πŸ” You can use sanitizers.

πŸ” You can stay at home.

🌬 Act on the things that you control.

Tip 4 πŸ†™οΈ: Focus on the Good ThingsΒ 

⚠️ Where is your focus, there goes your energy. 

During this period, it is important that you keep your energy upπŸ” by focusing on the positive things.Β 

βœ” Focus on the things you have control over and the actions you are able to take.

βœ” Focus on the positive things you can do during the lockdown πŸŽΌπŸ’½πŸ“š

βœ” Think of the hobbies you can practice during the quarantine period. πŸ“šπŸ–πŸ–ŒπŸŽΈ

Tip 5 πŸ†™οΈ: Reset Yourself🌬

πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ In this peculiar time of social distancing, take the time to distance yourself from all the illusionary things that you labelled “life”.Β 

πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ All the social activities, habits and dictates that you used to identify yourself to and that have proven not to be essential to your life.Β 

πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Question your way of life.

πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Reset your values.Β 

πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Recreate yourself. πŸ”

#coronavirusΒ  #mentalhealth #corona_mental_health #coronavirusfight #corona_mentalhealth_fight