Managing Mental Health during COVID-19

Apr 22, 2020
As news about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Malaysia dominates the newspaper and media headlines, we would like to remind you that taking care of your mental health is as crucial as looking after your physical health. Good mental health and positive wellbeing can help you better in coping with the COVID-19 threat.

Set limits around news on COVID-19

Remember to always seek information only from trusted sources and minimise watching, reading or even listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms such as the Ministry of Health, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Facts can help to minimise fears.

Look after yourself

Self-care in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak includes taking care of your hygiene and maintaining your daily routine such as getting adequate rest, eating healthy meals, and doing things that you enjoy at home. Consider creating a daily routine that prioritises your wellbeing and positive mental health. Activities, like taking a walk, meditating or exercising, can help you to relax and will have a positive impact on your thoughts and feelings.

Reach out to others and support people around you

Keeping in touch with your friends and family may ease the stress caused by COVID-19. Talking through your concerns and feelings may help you find alternatives to dealing with challenges. Receiving support and care from others can bring a sense of comfort and stability. Assisting other people especially the elderly in their time of need and reaching out to someone who may be feeling alone or concerned can benefit both the person receiving support as well as the helper.

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases
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