How to maintain mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak
The Covid-19 outbreak is having a major impact on the lives of many people living in Thailand. Just about every industry is affected including finance, manufacturing, services, and tourism, leaving problems down the line for individuals and families.
Expats, as well as their family members, are also feeling the effects with jobs and businesses affected, and schools asking children to stay at home. All these pressures can affect the mental health of any individual.
In this article by Pacific Prime Thailand, we will look at the ways to maintain mental health for those living in Thailand during the outbreak.
Ways to maintain mental health in Thailand
Do take note that these tips won’t remove the threat of the Convid-19 virus, but will help manage your mental health. They will, at least, help improve how you feel so you become mentally in control and aware of the situation around you.
Maintain a healthy routine and look after your physical health
Take care of your health by getting enough sleep, eating regular nutritious food, and aiming to do some physical exercise. This is recommended especially if you are currently working remotely or off work.
Surround yourself with good people
People with strong family and social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a supportive network. You should make plans to do activities together to help create a relaxing environment full of laughter and joy. Life should be enjoyed with others, and times like this calls for people to come together and unite.
Connect with others often
It is easy to video call someone from the comfort of your home, or anywhere for that matter where there is mobile connectivity. Many applications on mobile devices allow individuals to easily connect with one another. Even if you stay indoors or cannot travel to see family and friends, it is recommended to keep in contact. You’ll be able to let out your thoughts and perspective, which may relieve anxieties that have built up within.
Take a break from the news
Although it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest, it is also a good idea, to every now and then, switch off and relax. The media is designed to capture your attention and if you pay too much attention it can easily cause you to become anxious. Try to do the following:
- Avoid excessively checking social media and the news. Try limiting yourself to one reliable source a day such as the WHO or the Thai Ministry of Public Health. With reference to social media, unless it is from a reliable source, you should never accept the advice given, until it has been verified.
- Try moving news apps from the home screen of your phone. Social media and news apps can be moved to the very last page so you don’t come across them every time you begin using your mobile device.
- Temporarily turn off notifications from the apps that could easily distract you.
Do something that you enjoy
Try to make time for the things you enjoy doing. It could be the things you look forward to doing during the weekend like gardening or watching a specific TV show. Doing the things that you are passionate about will help elevate your mood and keep you mentally healthy.
Let go of negativity and be optimistic
This is much easier said than done, but the effects of letting go of a controlling mental thought can help resolve problems right away. Optimism can also help make any situation better, as positive energy can eliminate negative thoughts. Practice meditation and mindfulness, which can be done anywhere and at any time.
Implement protective measures
By implementing measures like wearing a face mask, using a hand sanitizer, and washing hands frequently, you are reassuring yourself that you are protecting yourself as much as possible against the Covid-19 virus. These actions along with securing health insurance can help relieve concerns and empower your thoughts, actions, and feelings.
How can health insurance help?
Getting a health insurance plan that covers coronavirus treatment can help relieve concerns and provide reassurance that treatment is covered in the event that you are infected by the novel virus.
At Pacific Prime Thailand, we can offer you further advice on where you can find the best and most cost-effective health insurance plan.
For expats living in Thailand, a number of expat health insurance plans are available. These are recommended for those that travel abroad often or are living long term in Thailand
If you have loved ones that you want to protect, you can choose from a range of family health insurance plans offering many options and benefits.
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