Covid-19

Coronavirus Outbreak Tip: How To Stay Emotionally Healthy

The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains the global risk level for the novel coronavirus outbreak as “very high” due to the rapidly growing number of infections. Latest estimates show that there are now 90,870 confirmed cases worldwide.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The virus took only two months to spread globally, with China and 72 other countries now affected. 

Just in early March, WHO recorded 1,922 new cases of COVID-19 globally. The organization also expanded its list of affected countries with Andorra, Jordan, Latvia, Morocco, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Tunisia.

Health authorities recommend that people boost physical health by practicing good hygiene and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and proper diet to reduce the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. However, the outbreak has also been negatively affecting the public’s mental health.

Amid increasing travel warnings, number of deaths and public panic, many people have been experiencing increased stress and anxiety levels. Being emotionally healthy could play an important role in preventing infection during the coronavirus outbreak, particularly in heavily affected areas. 

How To Stay Emotionally Healthy Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Listen to your body 

Observe how your body and emotions change when facing a threat. Check your signs of anxiety, sadness, anger or detachment and see sudden changes in your body, like reduced appetite, new aches and pains or feeling hot or cool, according to Psychology Today.

If you find anything that may indicate stress and anxiety, seek professional assistance to manage your troubling symptoms.

Self-care

There are self-care practices that could help maintain your daily functions in stressful times. Try to maintain your normal routines, eat healthy, stay physically active and get enough sleep at night. 

Communicating with family and friends and engaging in enjoyable activities may also help you stay emotionally healthy. 

Monitor news and check facts

Fake news has been contributing to mass hysteria. During the coronavirus outbreak, always check reliable resources to get the right information on COVID-19, including the affected areas and proper ways to prevent infection.

There may also be times when breaking news about the spread of the coronavirus can cause panic. Take a break from listening or reading media reports temporarily and take time to relax. 

Follow healthy routines

Knowing the effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 also promotes mental and emotional calmness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided certain practices that will keep you and your loved ones safe: 

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Reduce or avoid close contact with people who are confirmed sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially in crowded places.
  • Use tissue to cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Use household cleaning spray or wipes to clean objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when sick.

Exercise Health experts recommend following a healthy lifestyle with exercise and proper diet to reduce the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Pixabay

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