Stress management, coping with fear, panic and anxiety
Taken from the National Institute of Public Health:
Summary of National institute for public health of Slovenia guidelines
If we find ourselves in a situation where we feel anxious or worried about the coronavirus, we can remind ourselves that health and other professionals follow strict protocols to reduce the spread of virus infections and to mitigate its effects. The situation we are exposed to is a great challenge, and it is especially important that we act preventively. All of us together and each of us individually must act responsibly and preventively for the common good.
WHAT CAN HELP:
- Focus on what you can control (basic hygiene measures, daily routine).
- Having in mind this is a very difficult period, but it will pass.
- Talking to people we trust. Talk to family and friends. Use modern technologies to talk to people outside your household.
- Maintaining social contacts as much as is possible under the circumstances through new technologies which enable us to talk one-on-one or with a group of friends/family members.
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle - eat healthy, sleep plenty, be physically active (e.g. walking in nature, home exercises, etc.).
- Do not use cigarettes, alcohol or other drugs for relaxation. Perform activities that make you feel good.
- If we feel emotionally overburdened due to the current situation, we can contact the institutions below (use phone support initially).
- Obtain as much relevant information as possible, which will help you assess the risks and accept reasonable preventive measures.
- Obtain all information on coronavirus and related topics from reliable sources (e.g. Ministry of Health, National Institute of Public Health, World Health Organisation and media summarising their information).
- Reduce exposure to media that cause additional disturbances.
- To cope with the situation, use skills which were proven effective for you in the past when confronted with difficult life situations and which help yout to cope with emotions.
- Make every effort that the situation will not interfere with our solidarity and humanity. When taking care of personal health, think also of others, especially vulnerable groups in the population (e.g. socially disadvantaged, people with chronic diseases, elderly, etc.) and how you can help them, while not endangering your own health.
- Be tolerant and accepting of others. Only together we can achieve a return to normal life as soon as possible.
Also our colleagues from UP IAM SCRS prepared advices for preventive actions. You can find them here (in Slovene).