We have had to adjust to different changes and transitions since the beginning of lockdown, and it has been a difficult task. South Africa has now breached the 200 000 mark with COVID-19 infections. Most of us have returned to work, meaning we need to be increasingly cautious and mindful of our surroundings, remembering to wash our hands and to constantly sanitise both hands and surfaces. Together with health concerns, people are constantly thinking about job security and the country’s economic status. In addition, some school children have gone back to school, making them vulnerable to the virus. All of these are factors induce stress and anxiety on even the calmest of people.
We are constantly at the edge of our seats every day as the rate of infections is not only rising, but it’s getting closer to all of us. Testing Positive for COVID-19 or realising that you were in contact with someone who tested positive, can increase the already present anxiety levels. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and SA Federation for Mental Health, recommend these pointers to assist in managing mental well-being, overcoming all this uncertainty and the unknown, during this period and quarantine:
This advice is essential for those who have become infected by the virus. Acknowledge that anyone can get the virus as it does not discriminate.
Doing something that helps you to relax and reduce stress levels is important to your health, whether you are well or sick.
The current situation is our new normal, and it will remain the status quo for some time. We need to be able to cope with it and manage it.
You can contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group (SADAG) on 0800 21 22 23 (toll-free number).
To contact a counselor between 08:00 and 20:00 Monday to Sunday, call: 011 234 4837.
“It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it” – Hans Selye.