(Video) Covid19: How To Manage Anxiety, Depression, and Help Others

Covid19 has changed many parts of human’s life. We’re to adapt ourselves to the New Normal due to the change. Throughout this, how can we keep calm, find peace and help others? How can we overcome this together in a better way?

Do check my Youtube video as well as further details of tips written below 🙂

1. Meditate, Meditate, Meditate

Meditation is a way to go if you’re looking to keep calm and find peace in many situations, even with recent anxiety and fears that may have been caused due to COVID19 pandemic, as many researchers suggest.

Madhav et al., in 2014 found evidence that mindfulness meditation practices improved anxiety, depression, pain, distress and mental health-related quality of life (Madhav et al., 2014). For those who may be exposed to depression or mental issues such as a family dementia caregivers, meditation was also found to be helpful in improving mental and cognitive functioning and reduce the levels of symptoms of depression. 

2. Gently adapt your lifestyle to the New Normal


Keep in contact with friends and loved ones remotely if not living together. Spend time with them regularly at home. Exchange loving, cheerful and heart-warming stories with them. Cheer your loved ones if one feels down.

Reduce the time of watching news and media which talk about concerning side of pandemic. The more you’re exposed to the concerns, the more you’re likely to create the fear by those concerns.

3. Learn how the new disease behaves from reliable sources by using logics, but do not overly attach yourself to the panicking mind


Knowing or understanding is one thing. Reacting to that awareness or knowledge is one another thing. You have complete choice throughout all processes in how you want to react to the new information that flows into you.

By merely knowing and understanding the new virus such as covid19, you could protect yourself, families and loved ones much better. However, some may respond differently throughout the process of knowing, in a way that creates unnecessary fears or anxiety. 

Learn how you can protect yourself from COVID19 (Source: WHO)

Unnecessary over-worrying about something creates fear and anxiety. If worrying about something can resolve the issue, merely try to do it without attachment to it. If worrying about something is arbitrary, repetitive and does not seem to resolve the issue, kindly stop it. Instead, gently observe and let go of the worrying mind and then try to find a way to appreciate here-and-now, and be grateful and kind. Kind to yourself, others and the whole world.

4. Once learnt, merely do the basic principle.

As provided with the above example from WHO in regards to protecting yourself from COVID19, merely learn and do the basic principles to keep yourself and loved ones safe. Helping yourself is helping the world.

5. Do exercise more often

Body and mind are interconnected. For example, as Julius O et al., in 2017 suggested in the paper, mental and/or physical health in the past and present has direct and/or indirect cross-effects (Julius O et al., 2017).

The possible assumption that can be derived is simple. The more you nourish the health of the body, the healthier your mind can become and vice versa. This was also found from one of David Hawkins’ books, namely Power vs Force, that many athletes experience the higher status of mind during the continuous exercises.

Why not simply start from walking at the park or home exercise and try to feel the difference now?

6. If you feel depressed or down

CDC introduces many ways that you can deal with stress amid covid19. Try to read it and see if that slightly relieves your mind.

Then let’s find and talk to a designated consultation centre supported by particular governments or institutions, such as below.

Betterhelp‘s provide you with the self-diagnosis tool which assesses the indicative level of depression and it also helps to connect with an available counsellor based on your profile. Or you can just try a simple 3-minute depression test from Psycom to see how much you’re depressed (you may need to subscribe to its newsletter to get the result).

Trust you’re not alone.

You deserve much more for help, loves and beyond.

United States
CDC

Singapore (Medisave may cover the psychiatric treatment. Do check with each centre)
Institution of Mental Health
Stress.sg
FamilyLife

7. Ask for help if you are financially challenged

Money isn’t all but is, of course, important for our daily needs such as foods and shelters etc. Especially for those who are less stable in their financials, getting the daily needs can be tough.

If you’re challenged, don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help. In some countries, the governments, its agencies, private foundation or institutions could have developed a variety of programs to help the people in need (see the list below as reference). If you cannot find the information that is suitable for you, reaching out to your workplace, friends or family could be another way.

Trust you are not alone.

8. Helping others is helping yourself

When a significant event happens globally such as the pandemic or a war, you would sometimes turn on your ‘survival mode’ and this could tend to portray kind of selfish behaviours. This is very natural for human, which is also one of the animals, it does have an instinct to survive and protect the family. For example, some people stockpile the essentials from the supermarket and drugstores which would result in the shortage of essentials that are required for those who really need them.

Let’s understand how ‘survival mode’ is turned on. Throughout the events, you’re exposed to various information from loads of sources such as news media, Youtube and from other social media etc.

Depending on how you process, perceive and accept the information, the fear is created in your mind. This fear is then acting as a stimulus for your ‘survival mode’ and it then would create all sort of strategies and a to-do list that you need to do for survivals. 

The other way around – looking at others’ survival behaviour such as stockpiling and following its same behaviour could create fear in your mind too. Because the mind and body are interconnected. For example, ‘stockpile’ syndrome, also known as FOMO (Fear of missing out) syndrome can be influenced by just seeing other people’s hoarding stuff at the supermarket, as seeing them will trigger the fear in you.

So whether you create the fear in your mind or doing some behaviour that will create the fear in your mind, the fear is there. Again, it is very natural, however, it is a negative status of mind that does not really help you find peace and keep calm.

The key principle here is…

  • Acknowledge the fear exists and it is natural for everyone
  • Body and mind are interconnected
  • The fear serves as the negative status of mind

With the same mechanism of inter-connected mind and body, one can nurture the positive mind such as peace and love through positive thoughts and behaviours such as helping others.

So how to help others?

8.a. Speak, share, or show others the cheerful and positive contents like the one you’re reading right now 🙂 

Also, another example that could help your boost spirits, by Mooji.

Source from: Mooji.org

8.b. Help others financially, send them some goods, or join the volunteering, whether for front-line medical sectors or essential industry’s workers who are struggling to save the world or those who are in need financially

I’ve made the list of donation, charity and volunteering platforms & institutions you can refer to help others. I will do further research and add more to the list if you request more in the comment for particular countries or regions.

International

WHO
WHO, United Nations, Swiss Philanthropy
GlobalGiving.org
SaveTheChildren
Give2Asia
HeartToHeart
GatesFoundation
Child Foundation
Partners in Health

United States / Americas

CDC Foundation
Direct Relief
OneFairWage
Dining Bond
FeedingAmerica
Redcross
Americares

Singapore

SGUnited
Giving.sg
Cityofgood.sg
Foodbank.sg
Redcross.sg

United Kingdom

TheTrusselTrust
CrowdFunder

8.c. Reach out to friends, family and people who need a heart-warming chat for their mental health.

Use above and other useful tips to help your loved ones who need help physically, mentally or financially.

#TogetherWeOvercome
#ThisTooShallPass
#StayHomeSaveLife

Let me know any feedback in the comment below. Let’s get through this together.

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