The effects of being isolated
Consider unexpected risks associated with the response to the outbreak, for example, poor mental health that is related to social isolation. Steps to take into account:
- Staying connected with your social and family networks via technology
- Keeping your daily routines as much as possible
- Exercising regularly and practicing habits that you enjoy and find relaxing
- Seeking practical, credible information at specific times of the day.
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Complaining and venting
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Benefits of venting
Venting our fears and concerns with others can reduce their intensity. Others may provide support and care and soother our negative feelings. We can do the same in turn for them.
We learn we are not alone and may learn how others cope with their frustration and fear, which can help us adopt those methods.
When to know the limits
Venting should not become a habit as it won't fix the problem. When to stop negative emotions:
- When venting becomes the main coping style cause delays in adaptive action.
- When sharing with others stresses them.
- When you don't feel better, and one or both of you feel worse.
- Young children are not there to listen to our problems, and their job is not to soothe us.
- Talk to your doctor if you experience signs of clinical depression (depressed mood, low energy, poor or increased appetite, insomnia, and poor concentration).
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