Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How to cope with your fear of the Coronavirus?

Many of us perceive the conoravirus as a serious illness or threat of death. Do you aware that this is considered as a form of traumatic event too?

People can develop acute stress response after experiencing one or more traumatic events. A traumatic event can cause significant physical, emotional, or psychological harm.
A person with acute stress response experiences psychological distress immediately following a traumatic event. Unlike PTSD, acute stress disorder is a temporary condition, and symptoms typically persist for at least 3 to 30 days after the traumatic event.
Acute stress response can trigger symptoms of anxiety or depression or both.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
-feeling a sense of impending doom
-excessive worrying
-difficulty concentrating
-racing thoughts

Symptoms of depression include:
-persistent feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or numbness
-crying unexpectedly
-loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable
-changes in appetite or body weight
-thoughts of suicide or self-harm

What can you do about it now?
- Be mindful, focus on the task at hand
- Differentiate your unhealthy worry vs healthy worry (Each time avoid to spend more than 30 minute in worry)
- STOP google your symptoms
- REDUCE your social media news-reading time
- Seek for help if you need it

More info about the Acute Stress Response: 

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