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Coping with emotional turmoil during the pandemic


This week, a police captain committed suicide in Bangkok’s Police General Hospital, and investigators concluded that he hanged himself over fear of putting his mother and wife at risk. He was a Covid-19 patient.

This victim is a perfect example of how people are getting mentally stressed over the virus.

The Nation Thailand has put together a list of steps you can take to protect yourself from this and other viruses, and ensure you remain in top health.

Keeping an eye on emotions

The US Department of Health and Human Services has advised people to monitor their emotions and identify feelings of fear, concern, irritation, nightmares, depression or loss of concentration.

Other points of concern are overeating or stress eating.

Among those who have chronic conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems, additional signals will be a headache, stomachache, muscular pain or rash.

Talk to someone

Speaking to a therapist is the best choice if you have nobody to speak to. The four topics found to be of greatest concern to people amid the outbreak are fear of infection, unstable nature of the virus, employment and when this situation will come to an end.

Living with Covid-19

Though social media has been full of comments and posts about the virus, people should only consume information that is important and official.

Despite the crisis, people should lead their lives as normally as possible, and ensure depression does not kick in during quarantine.

Healthy routine

To avoid depression during quarantine or lockdown, ensure you have eaten and slept well. These two things are key to boosting immunity. Also keep in touch with family and friends, especially since being alone can cause more tension. Lastly, pick up a new hobby or fun, creative activities to keep yourself busy.

Published : April 23, 2021

By : The Nation