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Is Covid-19 making you anxious? This is how to remain calm.

One needs to be mindful of the warning flags, indications or symptoms that include:

  • Impairment of pre-existing pain, anxiety or depression associated signs.

  • Often repetitive, distracting, ruminating thinking, such as-, quarantining in ever more horrible situations, the transmission of many individuals, delusions about self and loved ones failing and paranoia over not getting the access of testing or medication.

  • Serious signs of fear, such as coughing or shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, blurry vision, or shaking.

  • Headaches, neck pains, abdominal pressure or other undefined, unimaginable psychosomatic signs.

  • Emotions, frustration, mood swings or perceptions may be very pessimistic or just on the verge and emotions about the imminent disaster are also pessimistic.

  • Thoughts of impotence, frustration, sense of value and emotional tiredness.

All of which will contribute to repeated actions, including checking, cleaning, collecting (house products, face masks, drugs, hand sanitisers), additional hand washing or excessive reading and viewing tv, news, searching on social media or the Web for more details.

It indicates a sleep disruption or appetite, problems with focusing, concentrating or attention span, inability to meet routine routines and eventually a loss with productivity.

In order to escape their symptoms, some adults can resort to different types of substance abuse such as alcohol, narcotics, or heavy smoking.

If you or anyone you know has such signs, it is essential to notify a mental health provider urgently in order to begin timely diagnosis and guidance. The usage of various tools can be found online.

What will help?

  • Note this is a brief isolation time to stop the virus spread. There are worldwide teams of professionals working to counter this.

  • Remain linked via e-mail, social network, video conference or by telephone to associates, relatives and colleagues.

  • Engage in good fitness and relaxing practices. Listen to music, sketch or sculpt, do exercise, go for sports, read or compose daily.

  • Set sleep schedules daily, consume nutritious meals and have a good lifestyle. Stop fast food.

  • Try to keep your activity physical. Stretch daily. Start performing some exercises on the ground.

  • Seek to create a good schedule with people at home by allocating those job hours, daily breaks and a timetable.

  • Stop viewing disturbing television and social networking obsessively.

  • Set up schedules as best as practicable and continue to treat the time as a fresh health encounter.

  • Should you feel vulnerable or anxious in such circumstances, contact the mental health support team. It's cool not to be happy at times like that; however, to seek help and obtain medical support or advice is important and appropriate.

Useful links

  • Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

  • Aware provides support to people affected by depression and bipolar disorder.

  • Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.

  • SOSAD Ireland offers assistance to those who are considering suicide via free one to one counselling, along with practical support, awareness events and community suicide prevention programs.

  • Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all individuals and communities and to support people with lived experience of mental health challenges in their recovery, bringing practical expression to national policy objectives.

I hope this helps, please stay home - save lives. Protect our HSE!



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