MENTALLY READY TO FACE COVID-19

 COVID-19 has the potential to affect many people in various countries. This virus is not attached to any particular ethnicity, nationality or religion. To reduce the spread that is so fast, Social distancing (keeping a distance from others for the common good), namely the recommendation to stay at home can stop the spread of the corona virus. Psychological discomfort can be the impact of this government policy. New situations and uncertainty will increase a person's alertness to a reasonable level so that the person is ready to adapt. However, if excessive anxiety or worry arises, it can cause decreased function and new problems.

Anxiety in the community against COVID can be seen from behaviors such as: buying masks, sanitizers, basic necessities, many people using masks in public places, etc. Anxiety is a natural emotional reaction caused by an unexpected situation that is assumed to be dangerous.

Anxiety will respond to the body to quickly take protection in ensuring security. Anxiety emotional reactions are positive when they are felt and responded to appropriately. However, if the response is excessive or reactive, it can cause an "anxiety disorder" (ANCIETY), which is characterized by the following symptoms: worry, anxiety, panic, fear of death, fear of losing control, faster heartbeat, shortness of breath, shortness of breath , stomach nausea, bloating, diarrhea, headache, heaviness, lightheadedness, itchy skin, tingling, tense and painful muscles and sleep disturbances.

In order to address this there are some tips that can be done by the community, among others:

1.                  Protect yourself and support each other with others

Helping others in their time of need can be beneficial. For example, checking on family or people in your community via telephone and social media who may need additional help or support.

2.                  Accept that the discomfort that arises is normal

Accepting the emergence of anxiety or other feelings in yourself, will help manage behavior. Rejection of feelings that arise will actually make those feelings bigger and out of control.

3.                  Communicate with people who can make you comfortable

You can't be close to other people, doesn't mean you can't communicate. The use of technology-based communication allows you to communicate with your relatives. Sharing feelings is an effective way of managing emotions.

4.                  Apply a Clean and Healthy Lifestyle.

Regular sleep, physical activity that can be done indoors, regular hand washing, relaxation, breathing fresh air in the yard or balcony, and eating nutritious food are activities that can be useful for maintaining body immunity.

5.                  Monitor the progress of the situation at the right sources

Avoid media reports or broadcast chats whose sources are unclear and tend to be alarming. Look for trusted sources such as the WHO website or the local health office or the Indonesian Ministry of Health. Do not participate in spreading information that is not certain

6.                  When discomfort arises, replace it with a fun activity

Use previously effective ways to overcome your life's difficulties.

As much as possible limit the use of gadgets and divert it with activities such as: a.) Playing board games; b.) Playing with family; c.) Reading books; d.) Watching movies; e.) Relaxation; f.) Writing; g.) Cooking; h.) Arrange the house; i.) Arrange the garden of the house; j.) Listening to music; k.) Pray. Do activities that help you focus on the present ( Here and Now ).

7.                  Help children find positive ways to express feelings such as fear and sadness.

Every child has their own way of expressing emotions. Sometimes engaging in creative activities, such as playing, and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate with them their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

Older adults, especially in isolation and those with cognitive decline/dementia, can become more anxious, angry, stressed, agitated, and withdrawn during an outbreak/while in quarantine. Provide practical and emotional support through informal networks (family) and health professionals.

Please seek professional help if you feel there is a significant disturbance in your day-to-day life. We are ready to provide mental health and psychosocial support due to the COVID-19 outbreak

REFERENCE:

P PDKSJI. 2020. Mentally Ready to Face Covid-19. Https://www.PDSKJI.org

2.   WHO. 2020. Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak.https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-healthconsiderations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_10

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