Covid-19, unknown until 3 months ago, is now part of our daily life and we had to adapt to the strict hygiene and containment measures that come with it. In order to apprehend them in the medium-long term, here are some leads to understand our psychic reactions, as well as our leverage in order to manage at best to avoid psychological distress.
Pandemic, the global epidemic
A health crisis of this magnitude is unprecedented on an international scale and inevitably generates concern given its rapid evolution, our lack of control over its spread, and the new and little-known nature of the virus. Feeling this is normal, we have the right to do so, and the opposite would be more worrying!
We feel things like humans and we are not the only ones to experience them!
This measure is put in place to prevent the epidemic from peaking and becoming unmanageable for the medical system. That said, being confined to one’s home is not a natural situation for human beings, and can generate a range of symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, sleep and concentration problems, for example.
Strict measures reassure (in some ways), because they give you a feeling of control!
Manage your inner states
It is now a matter of managing one’s emotions, especially those caused by fear of infection, isolation, boredom, etc., so that one’s own behaviour does not become irrational or even out of control and harmful to oneself and/or others
Evidence of mutual help is emerging everywhere and life priorities are changing!
Social Contact (with distance)
The website www.covid19-psy.lu complements the official government website (www.covid-19.lu) and contains useful information on mental health in times of health crisis. It was created in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and partners from the psycho-social sector.
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