While the world is coming to halt in the western hemisphere, the eastern is yet to go back to business as usual. China has reported new infections, this time these are coming in from abroad and not from Wuhan the world epicenter of COVID-19. And Japan’s cases are on the rise as of the week of March 29, 2020, they still don’t know why. The US government finally accepted we are in a major crisis and will no press businesses to open right after Easter. Needless to say we are living in uncertain times.
As the time we are being asked to shelter-in-place increases (it is now until April 30, 2020) you may feel uncomfortable. We are dealing with an invisible threat that is making young people sick. Fortunately, the research process including its well known to be slow peer-review process is being accelerated as humanity races to find a vaccine for COVID-19. You can search in the library’s Health Sciences databases to learn more about the latest research on this new Coronavirus.
To assist you with handling this ongoing situation besides recommending that you start or continue praying the Holy Rosary or meditating or exercising, there are also other simple things you can do help you cope. Here are some steps everyone can take to help you accept this new reality:
Taking time to answer these questions from Greater Good Magazine daily will do amazing things for you. These questions allow you to slow down and provide a space for you to think. Each questions allows us an opportunity to connect with a part of ourselves or check in on how we relate to others. Many of you may have not been able to slow down to think for yourself because (although you are working from home) you have supervisors who won’t allow you to dwell on the current situation and thus you must keep producing, in some instance,s even more now because you are trapped at home. These questions put things into perspective and allow you to accept what is happening and give you hope for what’s to come. Those feelings of uneasiness that you are feeling or denying could be grief. You are experiencing the loss of your life as it once was and will be never be again. Pandemics we are only recently been told told will only increase in the future, that future apparently is now.
If, however, things get to be too much for you remember that you may receive psychological help online or via telephone. Psychological assistance to help manage what we are feeling and going through right now has shot-up these past few weeks. Free help is available through NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) national hotline call the NAMI HELPLINE 800-950-6264 Or, In a Crisis? Text NAMI to 741741 and SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline – 1-800v -662-HELP (4357)). They are available 24/7, 366 days this year.
Many of us are fortunate to work from home and working at home can be hard after all our daily routines were just upended. Here are 5 tips from Psychology Today (there are plenty of resources going as high as 20 tips but these 5 are all you need if you don’t want to stress about too many steps). Some may look familiar:
1. Maintain a Routine – this allows for a sense of normalcy
2. Do Not Use Extra Time to Work – just don’t no matter how tempted you get. Create time boundaries and stick to them. There’s no need to feel guilty we are all experiencing this situation differently
3. Use Video Chat – We are social creatures. Video chat allow for visual and aural connections since COVID-19 has made hugs and kisses potentially deadly
4. Take Breaks – not only to rest your eyes because you are now spending a ton more times on a computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone but to also for your only mental health. You can’t be connected 24/7
5. Move Around – this one is about moving your workspace (easier for laptops) but if you can move your workspace do it or at least do some of your in a different area of your home so you can get into a different head space. This will come in handy now that two more weeks were added to the shelter-in-place!
Remember to stay home to flatten the curve. Follow your local government instructions for shelter-in-place and maintain social distancing when going our for groceries or take out from local restaurants / bakeries. We can only get through this together!
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