Coping with Thoughts and Emotions
Why do we need to cope with our thoughts and emotions?
Just like physical health, if we do not maintain a proper diet, get sufficient rest or exercise regularly, we may find ourselves getting sick more frequently.
If we are unable to identify when we are going through stressful periods and recognise the thoughts and emotions, we would allow ourselves to remain “sick” and this would affect and worsen our individual mental health.
I am anxious about what is happening. What can I do?
Emotions and thoughts can easily overwhelm us. One thing that we can do when we are anxious is to first slow down our heartbeat. The faster our heartbeat becomes, the more anxious we will continue to be.
Breathing helps to slow down your heartbeat and reduce anxiety.
- Find a nice, comfortable place where you can sit down (e.g at your bed, on the floor)
- Sit up straight and put your hands on your lap.
- Breathe in to the count of 4 slowly.
- Breathe out to the count of 4 slowly.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4.
Simple tips to cope with Stress during Lockdown
- It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during the crisis.
- Maintain contact with your friends and family over the phone.
- Find a credible source to get the facts and information.
- Engage in other activities during the free time present to remain active.
- You can go to:
- to find activities and games to occupy your mind with.
- Look to your past where you were in a difficult situation.
- How did you overcome it and can the same skills be used during this crisis?