Emotional wellbeing

You can help yourself relax through various activities, including:

 

  • Breathing, relaxation and meditation – see the page Relaxation.

  • Changing thinking:  Try to pay attention to the sentences that you say and identify the ones that are “stressful”.  If possible, it is preferable to replace them with more beneficial sentences (even if only slightly more beneficial).  More on cognitive change.

  • Behavior change:  Try to pay attention to your actions during the course of a day that are related to the situation.  Do you check again and again for updates, news, and social media?  This stimulates anxiety and is not recommended.  Reduce your dose of media consumption (if possible to once a day).  Furthermore, try to get your updates from reliable sources. Fake News or even news from credible sources when delivered in a stressful manner can have a negative impact.

  • Maintaining your social life:  We are social beings.  Studies show the importance of relationships to our physical and mental health.  Try to think of who among your acquaintances can be a positive influence on you.  Try to initiate contact with them, even if some are distant acquaintances and will not develop a long conversation.  If you are in isolation, today’s technology makes connection possible even without physically meeting.  Video calls and text messages are important and impactful!  Try develop conversations that are not necessarily connected to corona.  It is important to remember that the current situation is only a small fraction of you and your life.

  • Living in the present:  Here and now!  Look around you!  Pay attention to your senses.   What do you see? Hear?  This is the reality.  Worries are in the future.  Memories are the past. You are in the present. Tell that to yourself several times a day.

  • Use the time:  Did you always want to learn Spanish?  Do you want to see if you can make ice at room temperature?  If you’re in isolation, try to make a list of things that you wanted to do and don’t give up.  Language studies, Popular Science, learning popping (type of dance), physics or nail design – this is the time to start. YouTube or apps like the Davidson Institute will help you get there.

  • Try to engage in beneficial activities:  In times of distress, a task can help protect us from negative feelings.  Whether it is an activity that only you know about or an activity that involves others, activities for yourself or to benefit others, you will derive a sense of meaning.  Write a post about your experiences, sort photos and assemble a digital album, help your neighbor with their kids.  Be creative with your time.  Similarly, there are applications and sites that allow you to contribute to others, like Be My Eyes (in which people help the blind "see" or read what is in front of them).

  • Maintaining a routine:  Try to maintain your daily routine as much as possible.  If it is not possible, then create a new routine, even if it is only temporary.

Remember, no matter where you are today, start taking small, easy and non-threatening steps. Once you get used to these actions, you can move on to more things. Find strength in your successes, even if they are "small". Even if you did not succeed, know that there are ups and downs in everything. Try to avoid being critical and judgmental. Be patient with yourself. Slowly, you will go far. If you feel distress that is beyond what you feel comfortable living with, or it is difficult for you to overcome the anxiety yourself, feel free to seek mental health support .

This site was created by a team of social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists to provide accessible help to people experiencing emotional distress as a result of the world Coronavirus crisis.  In order for us to know if the site is effective for you, we ask that you complete a brief survey for research purposes.