Psychology for all | Coping with quarantine

We have discussed the effects of prolonged confinement and its consequences, only now we know that it will continue for a while longer.

The discovery of new strains of covid-19 is a matter of concern for governments and health authorities that have forced measures to reduce contagion and prevent the collapse of hospitals.

This situation can unleash various emotions in us such as fear, stress, anguish, worry, anxiety, frustration. Fear of getting sick and dying, fear of being out of work, fear of exclusion if diagnosed with the virus, of not being able to accompany our loved ones if they become ill, feelings of boredom, hopelessness and loneliness due to prolonged isolation.

The reactions and ways of dealing with it vary from one person to another and can be categorized into three groups: People whose perception of risk is very low and conclude that the disease and its contagion are not dangerous and ignore the recommendations of the authorities.

They are a danger to themselves and to others. The other extreme is made up of people who perceive it as a very great threat, panic and enter a state of stress with negative consequences for their physical and emotional health.

The ideal is not to step on the extremes and stay calm. Always keep in mind that there are reactions that are difficult to control, because with the current scenario it is normal to present some levels of anxiety and stress. The important thing is to recognize them to manage them properly.

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