The rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, as well as with quarantine and isolation measures cannot leave us unaffected psychologically. Each of us experiences the circumstances and reacts in our own way. Some ignore them, some are worried and scared, some feel offended and angry and are looking for someone to blame, and some are hoarding in panic and isolating themselves from the world.
Looking at this diversity, it is difficult to give universal advice for everyone. But I’ll try to talk about several key moments that are worth thinking about, regardless of the category in which you may fall.
We are strongly affected not as much by the spread of the virus spread, but by the deluge of information we are experiencing.
We should remember that it is we who control the input of information in our lives. Revise your news sources. It is good to do this regardless of COVID, but if you haven’t thought about it before, now is a good time.
We are worried and annoyed not only by the inconveniences brought by the virus in our lives, but the fact that nobody knows when this is going to end. Ambiguity is pressing and disorienting. It is very difficult to deal with it. That’s why it is important to remember that we are living here and now, not just waiting for this to come to its end.
Routine, deadlines, and endless lists of things to do – this is what our lives used to be just yesterday. There was no room for stopping and thinking about some essential things. What is important for me in life? What do I want? What do I like? If not for the circumstances and responsibilities, what would I like to do in my life?
What if your inner dialogue finds no resolution and comes to a deadlock? Probably, it’s high time to get professional help and contact a therapist.
At the Centre for Psychological Counselling, there is almost no queue for counselling today, and you don’t even have to come: under the extreme conditions of the quarantine, the Centre has started to work online.
Today’s situation is a test of our minds’ adaptation capabilities. The following aspects of our mental health are under pressure:
Try to take advantage of this situation and understand how your mind works: what has it done well? Where is it failing? It is also interesting what resources are used to solve the tasks of adaptation. How do these resources work? Is it possible to make this work more effective? These questions can also be discussed during psychological counseling.