Kahit ilang beses mo pang sabihin na, “Okay lang ako, okay lang talaga ako.”

Alam naman natin na hindi eh.

Ibang level manakot ‘tong novel coronavirus to the point na hindi ka na makatulog kakaisip ng what ifs, lagi kang paranoid for your family’s health, iniisip mo paano na ang supplies n’yo for the following weeks, tanong mo kung kailan ba ‘to matatapos kasi may possibility pa rin na ma-extend, and it just goes on and on.

Pero alam mo kung ano ang okay talaga?

‘Yung maging honest ka sa sarili mo na hindi ka okay because if you admit it, then your heart is more open to receive help.

Andito kami para tulungan ka. Kapit-kapit tayo as we brave through this storm, okay?

Listed down are 3 tips on how to take care of your mental health during ECQ.

1. Refocus.

The reason why you’re always anxious is because this coronavirus is beyond what you can control.

So, ganito gawin mo.

“Choose to focus on what I (you) can control—like washing my (your) hands, avoiding going outside and engaging in self-care activities,” advice ni Dr. Kelly Vincent in an article How To Protect Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Pandemic, According To Psychologists by Noma Nazish, contributor in Forbes.

One step at a time. Tandaan na as you do this, you’re contributing to put a stop to this chaos.

2. Watch out for fake news.

Maraming na fa-fall ngayon hindi lang sa fake love, pero pati na rin sa fake news. Kung naging victim ka na nito, mabuti pang mag-unfollow ka.

Also, please verify kung legit ba ‘yung shine-share sa ‘yo ng friends mo sa Messenger or baka nabudol ka lang because nakakadagdag ‘to ng mental stress tapos malalaman mo hindi pala totoo.

I-follow mo na lang ang Department of Health and ‘yung social media page ng city government niyo para updated ka pa rin. Pero make sure to limit what you intake kasi baka malunod ka naman.

Pahabol tip: Follow pages that will spark hope kasi ‘yun ang kailangan natin ngayon and do not forget to spread some good vibes by sharing some positive news sa feed mo.

3. ‘Wag mo gayahin ang iba.

Kung may goals ka na gusto mo ma-achieve this ECQ, go ahead! Support ka namin. In fact, these tips might help you.

But then, if you find it too much to handle, ‘wag mo i-force ang sarili mo dahil iba-iba naman ang tao on how they cope with stress and how they process their emotions.

Basahin mo ‘yung sinabi ni Desiree Dickerson, a clinical psychologist, in her article Seven tips to manage your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak in Nature, “Difficulty concentrating, low motivation and a state of distraction are to be expected. Adaptation will take time. Go easy on yourself. As we settle into this new rhythm of remote work and isolation, we need to be realistic in the goals we set, both for ourselves and others in our charge.”

Rest if you must and connect with a friend. You do not have to be alone in this.

Hindi porke’t you are not confined in a hospital eh what you are going through do not deserve much care and attention. You are just as important as those who are struggling with their physical health and kung iniisip mo na wala namang makikinig sa ‘yo or i-ju-judge ka lang nila, diyan ka nagkakamali.

I-text mo kami sa 0999-227-1927 or call 8-737-0-777.

Lalabanan natin ‘tong coronavirus together, remember?

You can also reach us through iCanBreakThrough Facebook page or Instagram account or you can email us.

Before you leave, gusto lang namin i-encourage ka sa Words in Jesus sa John 14:27 ESV, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Tinatanong mo kung may pag-asa pa ba?

Si Jesus ang hope na hinahanap ng puso mo and you can know more about Him here.