Behaviour and mood changes during COVID-19 has become one of the major issues that are being noticed in the mental health outpatient departments. There is a sudden surge, and individuals are showing signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and paranoia (about COVID).
There are many reasons why someone who has just recovered from COVID-19 might feel anxious. The most obvious ones are:
- ● The anxiety is a residue of symptoms of COVID-19
- ● You may worry about a relapse or reinfection or giving the infection to a family member or friend.
- ● You worry about the post-COVID symptoms or are concerned about the pace at which you resume your normal life.
- ● If you are unable to sleep properly, then this could also add to your feelings of anxiousness.
● You have bad memories of your convalescence. This could happen for a number of
reasons such as:
- ○ Not always knowing what is happening to you
- ○ Being isolated and separated from family and friends for several days
- ○ Feeling out of breath makes you anxious
Whatever the reason, it is important to try and relax now. Stress and anxiety can exacerbate (or increase) some of the post-COVID symptoms like difficulty in breathing and fatigue. You can try some of these tips:
- ● Stop watching the news about the pandemic if it makes you unhappy or anxious in any way. If this is not possible, limit your exposure to news to only a few minutes a day and only reliable channels, newspapers or news sites.
- ● Take up meditation and exercise to de-stress and jumpstart your physical recovery. Ask your Mental health practitioners to guide you through mindfulness meditation.
● Practise relaxation techniques such as:
- ○ Visualisation: Imagine you are in a place you really like, a safe place. It could be your childhood home, your room, a favourite holiday spot, your favourite cafe. Really think about the details of this place: what does it smell like, what can you see, is it cosy here or breezy.
- ○ Ground yourself: Engage all five senses, to really become present in the moment. List five things you can see, four you can hear, three you can touch, two you can feel and one good positive quality about yourself.
- ● Stay connected with friends and family over the phone and video calls.
- 1. Post COVID care: How to care for someone who has recovered from COVID-19? - https://www.myupchar.com/en/disease/covid-19/after-care-for-recovered-patients