What to do with your emotions when you get sick with COVID-19

What to do with your emotions when you get sick with COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is currently spreading very rapidly in Europe. Poland, by the decision of the authorities, has moved from a state of epidemic emergency to an epidemic state, which means that the threat of infection with the virus is even greater. So there is a high probability that most of us will come into contact with the virus sooner or later.

How we get through the disease depends primarily on our age and the condition of our bodies, but also on the right attitude. How do we deal with our emotions when we or a loved one gets sick?

COVID-19 – what to do if infected?

In such a situation, we should remain as calm as possible. Remember that the course of our infection does not have to be very severe at all. The infection can be asymptomatic, mild, moderate or severe.

It is comforting to know that as many as ca. 80 percent of cases of coronavirus infection are mild and do not require hospitalization. Above all, let’s not assume the worst-case scenario and trust the doctors. We have qualified personnel who will do everything to help us. Rather, let’s think “how good that I was properly diagnosed, I no longer have to wonder why I have such symptoms.”

Coronavirus positive thinking

The psyche can do a tremendous amount, if we believe that we will recover quickly, we will help our body tremendously in the fight against the virus. Let’s remember that anxiety is not a good advisor, it causes mental tension and can lead to lowered immunity, which is the last thing we need in an illness.

Let’s try to approach the subject rationally. First of all, if we already find ourselves in the hospital, let’s ask doctors for information about our condition.

Another thing: let’s remind ourselves that, as with other diseases, here too people are getting better, although little is said about it. Certainly, the number of infected people will increase, but so will the number of recovered people.

Read: How to deal with the fear of coronavirus?

COVID-19 and isolation at home

If the course of the disease allows it and we can pass it at home, let’s try not to focus only on it and possible symptoms. This is, of course, necessary to monitor them, but let’s not forget at least a little respite for the mind. Let’s use various methods of coping with stress. It can be, for example, the memory of last year’s vacation, the laziness associated with it, beautiful landscapes, great food. Or maybe let’s think about what kind of place we would like to visit once the epidemic is over.

We can also use other methods to cope with stress, such as relaxation training or take up a new hobby. Moreover, if we can, let’s try to contact relatives and ask them about matters unrelated to the current situation, the mundane, the mundane. Such conversations will also allow our minds to rest.

If we stay at home and feel reasonably well, we can also watch an interesting movie or catch up on reading books. Let’s limit our viewing of news services. While doing so, let’s monitor our health.

COVID-19 and what to do when a loved one falls ill?

Let’s remember that such a diagnosis is not the end of the world. A lot of people recover and in the fight against the disease this is what we should mention to the sick person, let’s convey optimism and good energy. Let’s try to support her in her struggle, but without pretending that we are not worried about this situation ourselves, let’s express our emotions in a moderate way.

If possible, let’s talk to our loved one not only about the disease, but also about ordinary daily events at home. Let’s try to redirect the sick person’s attention to some more pleasant aspects.

It is also important to remember not to lecture the sick person, not to reproach him or her, for example, for going abroad or having contact with someone who came and was infected. Avoid statements like “and I didn’t say it was dangerous,” which we may say in emotion. The patient is already in a difficult situation anyway, let’s not make his mental state worse.

What’s more, let’s not downplay the disease in conversations with the sick person. It is known that this virus can be very dangerous to health, we know this and certainly the sick person, who has more than once watched all sorts of news from the world. On the other hand, however, let’s try not to exaggerate the problem and be of good cheer ourselves, too.

Let’s keep our emotions in balance. Let’s also remember to be patient, let’s let the doctors act.


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