COVID Stress what patients say.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has had different effects on each person in the world. The ‘Pressure Cooker’ Environment has led people to be Anxious, Distressed, Despondent or Depressed. One of my patients reported the lockdowns have made him very “Oppressed” as the virus mutated to delta.

There have been many infections and deaths in different countries. A few experience ongoing symptoms following the COVID infection. Patients who have been asymptomatic so far mention the following has helped their mental health and kept their ‘Head above water’.

  • Going for a walk for 30- 60 minutes
  • Communicating with friends and family
  • consulting a psychologist or counsellor
  • consulting their go on management strategies
  • Having a bubble with a friend for those who live alone.
  • alcohol and chocolates! (but not over imbibing!!)
  • Meditating
  • Breathing relaxation.

When they have difficult situations or when they have an argument with a friend or partner, they follow the breathing exercise recommended by the us department of veteran affairs. Breathing in for 4 seconds, hold their breath for 7 seconds and breathe out for 8 seconds and repeating five times.

  • Consulting an integrative medical doctor in relation to the correct balance of food and supplements when required

  • Having 7 to 8 hours sleep

  • Reducing the constant self-talk that people have in their mind due to negative thought processes or people who offend them.

  • In the morning, writing down their first thoughts and their vision for their life (if any) or their plan for the day with activity or work.

  • At the end of the day, writing down their negative experiences, those who annoyed them, plans for the next day, two gratitudes for the day and what they can look forward to the next day. By writing down their thoughts they park their self-talk and after a few days the strength of the negative talk diminishes.

  • Being vaccinated makes them feel safer

  • Getting out of lockdown what has been your experience?