In the recent radio interview with Melody FM, Evelyn Soong, Clinical Psychologist, IMU Healthcare shared on the various mental stressors that individuals are currently facing due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
|Top 5 mental stressors include:|
|Disruption to daily routines|
|Lack of physical separation between work and home (for those who are required to work from home)|
|Health and safety – the bombardment of the pandemic related news and fake news that causes one to be more anxious|
|Feeling that you are losing control|
|Lack of social interaction or support – which makes you feel helpless and lonely.|
|Some tips that Evelyn shared on how to manage and cope with these and other stressors|
|Make adjustments to your daily routine and change the way you view MCO – for instance, make plans with the assumption that MCO will be extended for a longer time|
|Plan your “new” routine together with family members and children (if any):
For those who are developing difficulties in sleeping, insomnia is s a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep and is normally caused by (i) health problems, (ii) lifestyle, and (iii) stress and psychological problems.
|Managing and Coping with Insomnia|
|Try to separate your physical space between work and rest area|
|Keep a consistent sleep schedule|
|Take time to relax and calm down before sleeping|
|If unable to fall asleep after 30 minutes, get up and go to another place in the house/apartment to relax by doing light reading, listening to soothing music, etc. When relaxed, return to bed|
|For those who worries and thinks a lot, one can adopt S. T.O.P to help calm down:
|Apply mindfulness technique where one can sit in a comfortable position and observe the subtle sensation from head to toes to relax.|
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