Coping with stress while working from home during lock down

Over the last few weeks, we have all found ourselves in an unfamiliar position as most of us are having to stay at home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a number of us are having to work and study from home or are having to home school our kids until their schools reopen.

None of us know how long this crisis is going to last so, in such an unfamiliar and uncertain environment, it is ok to feel overwhelmed, stressed, confused or anxious. We are all human and every one of us has a different way of dealing with adversity so please don’t beat yourself up in case you are stressed, worried or anxious about what is happening in the world around you.

Here are a few tips based on guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help you cope with the stress of the current Coronavirus pandemic:

  • Stay connected: Talk to people you trust and check in with friends and family often.
  • Keep healthy: Maintain a proper diet, sleep schedule and exercise routine to help keep a healthy mind and body.
  • Take regular breaks
  • Disconnect from the media: An overload of news and information can often cause unnecessary stress and anxiety.
  • Get your information about the pandemic from credible sources
  • Draw on past experiences to deal with current stress
  • Seek help: If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety then seek help from your loved ones or talk to a counselor if necessary.

The detailed guidance from WHO is included below for your reference (click on the image for original document):

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