Mental Health Top Priority When the Pandemic COVID-19

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NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Brain and Aging Health Expert at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Dr. Gary Small said mental health should be a top priority at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Managing stress and knowing how to do the important thing, because at this time chronic stress can threaten and weaken the immune system and affect the ability to fight infection,” Gary said in his written statement in Jakarta, Sunday.

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He added that stress can also have a negative impact on physical and mental health. The existence of family, friends, or community that can help deal with stress and manage mental health. Technology makes it possible to remain able to interact.

Gary, who is also the Director of Health and Nutrition for Herbalife Nutrition, explained that many people experienced anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to exposure to information.

He advised the community to manage stress levels during the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB). Everyone has a different level of stress.

He shared tips related to efforts to recognize the level of stress suffered. First, identify the symptoms of stress, with the characteristics of tooth pain, weight gain, headaches, mood swings, back and neck pain, and lack of sleep at night are signals of experiencing stress.

Look for Triggers for Stress
Second, look for triggers for stress. For example, if working from home or watching news makes you anxious, irritated, or have head or neck pain, get up immediately and stop for a moment. Then listening to music or going to a quiet place to relax can help reset your mental state and get back to work.

Third, arrange a schedule by rescheduling daily activities with adequate rest from work, watching or reading news, and social media.

Fourth, do creative activities, that is by spending time looking for new activities or doing hobbies. That helps a person relax.

Fifth, apply breathing for relaxation. Sixth, exercise can improve physical and mental health.

Furthermore, stay in touch with family and close friends. Finally, maintain a routine with consistent activities that can be done.

“It’s important to remember that stress is a common thing that results in decreased productivity, and threatens physical and mental health. Stress prevention and developing good techniques will help manage the body and be stronger, “he explained. (ark)