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How to reduce stress during the pandemic?


Due to the epidemic, my husband and I and our 6-year-old daughter had to stay at home often, a lot of pressure and stress appeared. What should I do to improve this situation? (Gem)

Reply:

Isolation, distance and travel restrictions are one of the efforts to reduce the number of people infected with Covid-19 in countries and Vietnam. In particular, this complicated and prolonged epidemic has greatly affected people’s lives and changed many people’s habits.

To reduce stress, the family prepares thoughts and time to adapt to work, homeschooling; Limit contact with other family members or friends and colleagues. Worse is the situation of salary reduction and unemployment.

Every day, you should read official information and listen to advice and recommendations from local authorities to update the latest news from the pandemic. This helps limit excessive anxiety, which leads to fatigue and pressure for a long time.

Each family needs to develop a schedule and try to stick to it as much as possible such as waking up and going to bed at the same times each day. Maintain personal hygiene, eat healthy, on time. Exercise regularly. Allocate time to work, rest, and do the things you love. Try to reduce the amount of time you watch, read, or listen to news that makes you feel anxious or depressed.

Keep in regular contact with close people by phone to confide or exchange work. Avoid using alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with the fear of social isolation. Reduce screen and phone time to balance physical activity in your daily routine.

You and your wife need to sit down to talk, share with each other, make a schedule to implement and solve problems together. If you have any other problems such as sleep disorders, anxiety, headaches, etc., you need to go to a medical facility, preferably a facility with a mental health specialist for timely examination and intervention. . Doctors base on the cause and type of depressive disorder to use appropriate drugs and psychotherapy.

Doctor Nguyen Viet Chung
Department of Mental Health, E . Hospital

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