Staying Positive In The Face Of The Coronavirus Pandemic – Advice From A Frontline Worker
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Frontline workers have always been the pillars supporting our country and the coronavirus epidemic that broke out last March has reminded us of their importance. Social workers, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, supermarket workers and bus drivers, to name a few, have all come under unprecedented pressure in the past year. ‘flow out. With extended working hours, increased demand and the requirement to work away from home, frontline workers have been strained, both mentally and physically.
Here are five helpful tips to help frontline workers maintain their mental health during the pandemic
1) give yourself the right to rest
We are living in unprecedented times, so it’s only okay to take some time for entertainment while watching TV series, reality shows or documentaries. My day off is usually spent on my to-do list; however, I have noticed a marked improvement in my mental and physical health when I allow myself the right to rest.
Conscious rest is crucial and the ideas, achievements and decisions that emerge during these times of rest are the ones that keep us going. Detaching myself from my productivity expectations and what I imagined I had to do has helped me a lot.
2) be sure to move during the day
If you’re like me, being active after a physically and mentally exhausting day of work, especially if it’s dark and cold outside, is the last thing you want. During the first wave, I was doing sporting challenges on my own at home, but I quickly gave up when my night schedules arrived.
So I found other ways to incorporate more movement into my daily life. For me it has been walking and dancing. I’m fortunate enough to be able to walk to work and after a period of hard work it’s a great way to clear my mind, get some fresh air, and give me time to calm down before I go. ‘arrive at my place. I miss going out dancing with my friends so much so I have fun pretending I’m playing in a ’90s romantic comedy: I put on my favorite songs and dance in my pajamas around the house while my face mask plays. indeed, try! So yes, I don’t run 10 km, I don’t sweat while doing HIIT workouts and these aren’t particularly strenuous activities, but I feel so much better!And then I manage to stick to it over time and that’s the most important thing.
Remember that if what you do not get any pleasure from what you are doing will not last, then give your body time to move as it needs to, whether it is lifting weights or simply lifting weights. walk in nature half an hour a day.
3) take advantage of others without neglecting yourself
We are a sociable species and isolation has been one of the most difficult aspects of the pandemic. I am lucky to be able to go to work and to evolve with people. Nurturing relationships can be difficult, but absolutely crucial during the pandemic.
However, not all frontline workers work with other people, and when they do, there is no guarantee that they will get along well with their co-workers. Some have someone in their home who they can talk to after a long day at work, while others live on their own. If this is your case, try scheduling chats with your friends or family on Facetime or Zoom.
I’ve found that I always feel like I’m going to explode if I haven’t had a chance to laugh or vent how I’m feeling with someone. However, being constantly available online can also be stressful. If you need some time for yourself, turn off your phone and let your loved ones know that you need some space to recharge.
Social networks are a great tool for staying in touch, but using them in a healthy way is essential. If some content is affecting your morale, take a break, disable or delete apps as needed, this cleaning has greatly improved my online experience.
4) try to keep your old hobbies or find new ones
I certainly recognized above the usefulness of resting in front of the television. But you have to know that at a certain point, our brain saturates the screen and we must then turn to another source of distraction. Finding an activity that you like and that relaxes you is essential. For me, it’s singing: in karaoke on YouTube or Taylor Swift with my guitar, it’s my best anti-stress remedy.
For others, it could be baking, gardening, painting, DIY it doesn’t matter as long as we feel at ease!
5) acknowledge and accept grief
We all need to mourn people, moments, dreams, opportunities. Some days I get angry and frustrated with the way the pandemic has been handled, I feel worried and anxious for the health of my loved ones after spending hours caring for dying patients who are so similar to them, I am desperate and empty feeling when I lose fantastic colleagues and I am demoralized to watch the time go by without any positive experiences to take away.
Giving time and attention to these difficult feelings helped me to recognize them and thus not hang on to them. I realized that many of us feel the same way and that although we are separate from each other, we are united in many ways. Sharing my feelings with those close to me and admitting when I feel sad or frustrated has been liberating. If you feel like you don’t have anyone around you to talk to about your feelings.
If you think you need help, ask, don’t stay isolated
In England, Public Health England has established explicit guidelines for mental health during the pandemic.
PHE’s website, Every Mind Matters, developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation, allows you to build a personalized plan to take care of your mental health in the best possible way.
You can check out Clear your Head in India and Public Health Wales in Wales, these websites offer great advice on how to keep your sanity.