What can I do myself?

Don’t let worries take over your everyday life

Coronavirus and the exceptional situation it causes can cause anxiety or even fear. Limiting social contacts can causes one’s thoughts to grow out of proportion if there is nobody to talk to close by. One’s own way of working can prevent unpleasant feelings from taking control of everyday life.

It is very important to take care of psychological wellbeing, especially if you have become isolated from other people due to coronavirus infection.

Concern and uncertainty are easier to tolerate by paying attention to
the following issues, amongst other things:

  • Maintain normal everyday routines and regular daily rhythms.
  • Eat healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do things you like at a leisurely pace, such as read or listen to books, watch TV, exercise at home, stretch, or study something new and interesting online.
  • Follow coronavirus information only from reliable, official healthcare sources – don’t fall for rumours or scaremongering.
  • Take a break from following the situation from time to time and give your mind something else to do.
  • To relax, do breathing exercises, focusing only on calm breathing and being present in the moment.
  • Stay in touch with loved ones by phone, video calls or text messages. Send photos of everyday life or surprise someone with a postcard!
  • If the situation permits, go outdoors and enjoy nature. Exercise doesn’t have always have to mean breaking a sweat – sometimes the fresh outdoor air alone can do a lot of good.