Mental Health

Top Tips To Beat Psychological Stress Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 coronavirus, which was recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), has all of us worried -- physically, mentally and psychologically. With no vaccine in sight, it seems like this unpredictable, life-threatening virus might take out much of humanity. 

However, sometimes, disasters have an odd way to make things better in the long run once the initial problem is contained. For instance, the 1937 Hindenburg airship explosion altered the course of aviation history positively.

All this means is that instead of panicking as a result of news reports that are based on limited information or speculation, you need to be equipped with a more optimistic mindset that will help you face the virus in more rational, less stressful ways. To start, here are the top scientifically-proven tips to beat psychological stress amid COVID-19 outbreak:

Analyze, Be Critical Of Media Reports

Before checking for any positive psychological outcome of the coronavirus, it is best to interpret different reports about the virus. The percentage of those infected and those who died from the disease is much lower than they appear. In fact, tracking statistics has found that more than 3,000 of those perished as a direct result of coronavirus are from China. That makes up more than 60 percent of the total coronavirus deaths globally as of this writing.

Because it has three conditions that worsen respiratory infections, the incidence of infections in China is higher than what is expected elsewhere. Not only does China have some of the worst air pollution on the planet, but its smoking frequency is one of the highest in the world. All of these resulted in a natural tendency for higher mortality and thus an inflated global mortality rate despite different environmental conditions. 

By contrast and based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), countries with better air quality and a lower smoking rate will have a considerably lower death rate. According to the CDC, the likelihood of you dying from coronavirus is about 1000 percent lower compared to dying as a result of accidents.

What is important is that amid media sensation about the virus, it is high time you learn how to evaluate the accuracy and integrity of news reports.

Reject Thoughts Of Scarcity 

It is a rhetorical question, but are you thinking of buying more water, toilet paper, hand sanitizers and other essentials despite having those already? 

When you believe that resources are limited, you might want more of what you think is potentially scarce, even if you do not really need it. Scarcity perceptions often lead to an emotional call to action that is designed to secure dwindling resources and eliminate a pressing psychological need to lose control. 

The COVID-19 hysteria has brought to the forefront of our thinking the scarcity principle, and knowledge of it can help improve our own daily interactions. 

One way to start is by learning to recognize advertising pitches that force you to spend your money unnecessarily. Be on the look out for messages such as "limited time only" and "first 100 clients only."

Have Time To Build Relationships 

A quiet time with family and friends at home is something we often desire to have, but rarely reach because of conflicting schedules or lifestyles. 

A study found that one of the most basic psychological needs is the ability to forge positive and enduring relationships, so you should take the chance to be with those you care for the most. A two-week-long quarantine should be seen as a time to renew positive relationships and patch up strained ones by overcoming the coronavirus, and not as a prison sentence.

Instead of ruminating on the inconvenience and impact of social distancing, take time to reflect on what you value the most, and talk only to those who rely on you for positive support in difficult times.

Live In The Present 

Subjective well-being, or how we perceive daily life quality, is consistently revealed by psychological research to mean living in the present. It is not the best of times, but a time to reflect on who we are and what is the most important in life. 

It is obviously good to think about the future. However, rather than dwell on what might happen, it is better focus on the present, caring mainly about the here and now and enjoy the moment, even in the face of the virus or what comes after.

Set And Reach Goals Usually Affected By Time 

Because the CDC recommended social distancing in containing the spread of coronavirus, leading to the cancellation of major entertainment, sports and political events, it is best to utilize your time in other ways. These meant ways that will foster personal development, such as reading books that you do not have time to read and doing some or all things that are currently on your "to-do" list. 

One study found that generating wisdom is one factor that is positively correlated with happiness. By taking measurable steps toward enhancing your skills, you will feel much better about yourself. Taking online courses and instructions might help you emerge from the coronavirus outbreak smarter, happier and better.

COVID-19 Estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that nearly 3.4 percent of patients with COVID-19 worldwide have died because of the infection. Pixabay

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