Reduce Stress During Lockdown

As South Africans, we are currently in a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Many people are experiencing heightened feelings of uncertainty, unrest, and loneliness.

While these feelings are completely understandable, given the unprecedented nature of the situation, it is important for everybody – especially those who are predisposed to mental health conditions – to learn how to cope and manage any added stress being experienced. South Africans should not only look after their own mental health during the lockdown but also ensure that family and friends are doing the same.

Highlighting the stressful nature of the healthcare profession during this time, “caring for our carers” is more important than ever. Healthcare professionals are at the frontline of tackling this pandemic, and in a country where there’s a shortage of medical professionals and the burden of a massive disease, they can also become overwhelmed, stressed, or experience burnout.

These are unprecedented times, and everybody will react in different ways. It’s important for people who may be feeling more stressed, depressed, or anxious than usual, to know that there are ways to manage this, and people to turn to for support.

The World Health Organisation has highlighted the importance of encouraging mental and psychological well-being during the outbreak.

Here are some helpful tips to reduce stress during the lockdown.

  1. Maintain a daily routine
  2. Restrict media and social media coverage to prevent it from becoming too overwhelming. Only obtain information from credible news sources
  3. Acknowledge your feelings and focus on things you can control
  4. Find things to keep you busy (whether it’s constructive or creative) to help lift your mood
  5. Stay connected with your loved ones via technology
  6. If you’re on medication, remember to take it as prescribed

Whether you are helping a friend, or need help yourself, you can contact Laurian Ward and she can assist you through various online platforms.