COVID-19: stress management
Stress is a response to exceptional events that require readjustment to the new situation, and therefore has a significant impact on our physical and mental balance. Stress-related responses are often accompanied by fatigue, tremors, tachycardia, mental heaviness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, anxiety and fear, which in turn may lead to panic. Prolonged exposure to stressful stimuli is a potential risk factor for several diseases, including psychiatric or cardiovascular ones. Before this can develop into a chronic and disabling psychological condition, therefore, it is important to implement strategies which help restore our mental and physical balance and make us feel that weâ€™re back in control.
An emergency like the current COVID-19 pandemic can be a source of stress for individuals and families who are confined to their homes, and healthcare workers who are dealing with the impact of the epidemic.