Well-Being Chapter Announcement 23: “Coping with COVID-19”

Apr,06 2020

By Geeta Thakerar, Co-Convenor, Well Being Chapter

 

In our Well-Being Chapter’s last Announcement 22, we looked more specifically at Joy and leveraging its power both at work and at home. This month’s Announcement we want to focus on coping with COVID and managing your mental well-being.

Coping with the coronavirus outbreak is both a physical and mental challenge. It is also a psychological one particularly for our in-house legal community. Supporting the business, in these unprecedented times, where there are so many uncertainties can be extremely taxing.
The legal position in several areas remains vague and sometimes very fluid, often subject to differing interpretations. New emergency laws are being promulgated in the blink of an eye. Civil rights and freedoms are curtailed and there is unprecedented data sharing for the benefit of the greater good in some cases. The stress is experienced by co-workers and colleagues in addition to family members.  
Healthcare experts and psychologists acknowledge that the battle with Covid-19 could potentially affect the well-being of some people in Singapore. Taken to the extreme, this could even make them anxious, depressed and even fearful. Information overload creates confusion and panic. Hence, the current climate remains a challenge but positivity, resilience and a sense of civic duty helps to mitigate difficulties.
 
Here are a few recommendations from psychologists to think about:
  • Everything we need to know we probably already know. There is no need to be glued to the news about the virus.
  • Don't look out for death toll. It's not a cricket match to know the latest score. Avoid that.
  • Don't look for additional information on the Internet, it could weaken your mental state.
  • Avoid sending fatalistic messages. Some people don't have the same mental strength - you could activate pathologies such as depression.
  • Listen to music at home at a pleasant volume.
  • Look for board games to entertain children, tell stories and future plans.
  • Go through old holiday snaps.
  • Positive moods help protect immune systems. Remember that negative thoughts have been shown to depress immune systems and make it weak.
  • Firmly believe that this shall also pass and we will be safe.
  • Connect more with nature and the outdoors where you can. Being at one with nature has a very therapeutic effect.
Moreover, please refer to the Chapter’s earlier announcement below in case you missed out:
In addition, feel free to join the free of charge weekly online group mindfulness practice "The Potential Project". Conducted every Thursday 12:15pm to 12:45pm Singapore Time. Starting from now until 25th June 2020.

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