South Africa entered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from 26 March to 16 April. Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, many people are experiencing heightened feelings of stress, anxiety and fear, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone. We offer some tips to help you cope with your mental health during the lockdown.
According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), “the outbreak can cause fear and anxiety, it can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults, teens or even children.”
It is, however, important to understand what makes you panic and stress. Is it the fear of the unknown or are you scared of going back to work? Whatever the reason, turn your fears into positive thoughts and focus on tasks keeping you happy and lifting your mood.
The volume of information available about the Coronavirus can make it very difficult to know what is reliable. While we don’t recommend checking your Twitter feed the whole time, you still need to know what’s happening around you.
When you feel caught up in your emotions, try to shift your focus to positive things and hopeful stories.
Stay safe and healthy.
* Contact SADAG on 0800 456 789 for telephonic support and virtual consultations with expert psychologists.