The Importance of C.A.R.E
In recent weeks, the coronavirus has created a massive pandemic. This deadly virus has not only contributed to poor physical health but has led to an emotional and mental disaster for many. Schools have closed, many businesses have shut down, individuals have been laid off or furloughed from their jobs, and people have been forced to stay home and practice “social distancing.” Our grocery shelves are empty, the stock market is volatile, the economy seems to be crashing, and all of this has led to panic, anger, hoarding, and fear, creating a psychological pandemic.
The psychological pandemic is an indirect effect of the biological pandemic: It is a toll on the emotional and behavioral health of human beings, which ranges from mild (“What’s all the fuss about?”) to severe (panic, hoarding, paranoia, aggression). Our mental health is essential. During stressful times such as these, we can quickly become bogged down with anxiety or depression, and we are more likely to engage in unhealthy coping habits such as alcohol or drug use.
It is important to note that anxiety is not necessarily bad; it is a normal reaction to an abnormal circumstance. Anxiety serves a purpose: to motivate us to deal with potential threats. However, when anxiety results in trouble sleeping, paranoia, difficulty concentrating, and reduced functioning, it then becomes a problem and can wreak havoc on your life. For many, anxiety is at an ultimate high during this trying time
How can we, as a society, come together and take care of each other?
The treatment for this “psychological pandemic” is to reaffirm and strengthen the bonds that tie us together. The human spirit is strong, and if we take time to C.A.R.E. for each other and ourselves, we can overcome this world challenge together.
We must take this time to practice compassion towards others and ourselves. Check-in on your neighbors, offer to run errands for those who cannot leave the house, smile more, be more courteous to those who are serving your community, and be compassionate towards yourself. Allow yourself time to reflect, exercise, eat well, sleep as much as you can, engage in activities at home that make you happy, take a bath, read a book, go for a run, play with your dog. Practicing compassion towards yourself and others is not only good for the community, but it is also good for your mental health.
It is becoming more difficult to differentiate fact from fiction about the virus. Be aware of what sources are credible and which sources are not. Be mindful of how you feel after you consume the news or spend time engaging in social media. Do you feel more anxious or depressed? If you find that the news is triggering, then avoid watching the news. Set limits to how much time you spend each day, reading about the COVID 19 pandemic. Refer to CDC, WHO, and your local county health departments for the most updated information and avoid any public opinions or biased sources.
It is essential to take responsibility for your health and the health of others around you. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, avoid touching your face, avoid non-essential travel, stay home if you can, and if you are sick, follow the guidelines of your healthcare provider. It is essential to handle your actions towards yourself and others, and if you feel as though your anxiety or depression is overbearing, then seek treatment. Taking responsibility to prevent the spread of this virus is just as important as taking responsibility for your mental health.
It can be so easy to rush through our daily routines without being mindful of others. There are many individuals who are extremely sick, who have lost loved ones, who have lost their jobs, and who are in mandatory quarantine. As a society, it is essential to come together and try to understand that you are not the only affected by this virus.
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