Updated: Jun 8, 2021
Its been almost one and a half years since the first case of Covid-19 disease was identified by World Health Organization (WHO). Several death cases, economic crisis, and social restrictions have devastated countries. Most importantly, the pandemic degrades people psychological condition. Countries introduced more measures, such as social distancing, quarantine, and public closure, to significantly decrease infection numbers. These measures took impacts on people routine activities and resulted in increased rates of mental stress or anxiety. During the outbreaks, the rate of stress and depression among workers are significantly increasing, with the rate 67% of workers are in the group of high-stress level, 25% of workers in the group of medium-stress level, and little rest in the level of low-stress level. It is proven that Covid-19 affects people's mental wellbeing, thus, it is urgent for us to realize now than late.
According to WHO, there are 5 tips to reduce stress and improve wellbeing during this pandemic:
1. Pause, Breathe, Reflect
Stop for a moment, take your time to clear your minds and do some slow breaths: breathe in and breathe out. Slow breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress because it signals to your brain to relax your body. After you subside the emotions, start reflecting toward yourself. Notice how you are feeling and what you are thinking, without judgment. Instead of responding or reacting to those thoughts or feelings, note them, and then let them go.
2. Connect with others
Despite Covid-19 limits us to connect physically with others, it is important to keep regular contact with the ones close to you. Connect with people is very easy nowadays, either by seeing or hearing. It is important to keep a positive mindset in a social community and encourage one and another to stay motivated. And it is okay to tell them how you are feeling and share any concerns.
3. Keep a healthy routine
To keep our mental health in good conditions, it must be supported with a balanced healthy routine. There are several Do and Don't you have to follow:
Get up and go to bed at similar times every day.
Keep up with personal hygiene.
Eat healthy meals regularly.
Exercise regularly. Just doing 3-4 minutes of light intensity physical movement, such as walking or stretching, will help.
Allocate time for working and time for resting.
Make time for doing things you enjoy.
Take regular breaks from on-screen activities.
Don’t use alcohol and drugs as a way of dealing with fear, anxiety, boredom and social isolation.
4. Be kind to yourself and others
On these difficult days, don't put too much pressure on yourself. Accept that you will be more productive on some days than others. Try to reduce the number of outcomes and information that makes you anxious. At various periods of the day, look for the most up-to-date information from reliable sources.
Helping others might be beneficial to you as well to improve your mental wellness. Simply, by offering assistance to people who are in need in your community.
5. Reach out for help when necessary
Don’t hesitate to seek help if you think you need it. First, contact your friends, relatives, or your family. If you are seeking professional assistance, your local health worker is a preferable place to start.
Kutus Kutus wishes that everyone carries a well-spirited positive mental health, both individually and in their community. Additionally, the efficacy of Kutus Kutus Oil can also support your mental health conditions. Use it twice a day to boost your mental balance and stimulates body relaxation during this pandemic. As always, Kutus Kutus JOSSS.
Picture artist: Ashley Byrd