Impact of the coronavirus on our mental health

The Coronavirus is undeniably having a big impact on all our lives. It is a new, unknown situation and something we have never experienced before.

With the strict measures which are now in place, we are trying to limit the spread of the virus. These measures mean we spend more time at home, work from home, have limited social contact and wash our hands very frequently.

These measures are essential, but they fundamentally change the way we live – from our daily lives and work to contact with other people and our health. This can influence our mental resistance and it may trigger feelings of sadness, anxiety, stress or loneliness.

Consult our psychologists to overcome mental health issues during the pandemic

Zoila Knel

Zoila Knel

Psychologist

Myrthe Weijschedé

Psychologist

Nine Gramberg

Psychologist

Jan Helder

Psychologist

Contact us today to talk to a psychologist about the effects of Corona on your mental health. 

Coronavirus Fear

The media is constantly flooding us with news about the Coronavirus. It comes in all forms: good news, bad news, fake news. In this kind of situation, we are all looking for clarity and control. But how can we possibly make sense of the constant stream of information, opinions and advice that is engulfing us? We are all wondering what kind of impact this is going to have on us and our lives. It is completely normal to feel worried, anxious, unsettled, overwhelmed or scared.

When you are feeling anxious, it can be challenging to take on anything new. By visiting our website, you have already taken the first step: you are aware of your emotions and you want to look at your situation in more depth. Below are six best practices that you can incorporate into your life straight away:

The Coronavirus and Family Life

The measures which are in place to limit the spread of the Coronavirus are disruptive to family life. You may well feel as though the walls are closing in around you or that you have no idea how you will ever find any time for yourself. You might be struggling to combine working from home with looking after your children, or you may be feeling irritated with your partner and/or your children. This is new for all of us, and we are all looking for solutions.

It is important that the whole family has a clear structure and can divide the day into work-time, school-time and relaxation-time. It is a human instinct to want to do everything at once and we tend to think that this is efficient, but in fact it rarely is. If you try to do everything at once, the chances are that you will not do yourself – or others – any favours as you won’t have the necessary attention or focus. We are going to share some tips with you to help you to create structure in your day. Don’t be too hard on yourself or your family – this is a process.

Coronavirus Sadness

Much of the news that we hear each day about the Coronavirus is negative. This can lead to worry, anxiety and negative emotions. Negative emotions and thoughts often centre around things that will or may happen in the future. These thoughts can lead to a diminished enjoyment of things that we used to enjoy and they can make us feel sad. We are now being asked to stay at home and limit social contact, which might lead us to feel that we are alone with our negative thoughts. It would not be surprising if feeling this way tempted us to simply close the curtains and crawl back to bed.

When you feel gloomy, taking on anything new can often be challenging. By visiting our website, you have already taken the first step: you are aware of your emotions and you want to look at your situation in more depth. Below are four best practices that you can incorporate into your life straight away:

The Importance of Balance

Structure and rhythm give us something to grab hold of. Due to the tight measures which have come into place to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, many people are without their usual daily routine. You may be working from home and not seeing your colleagues any more, skipping your birthday celebrations or staying indoors to be on the safe side. This may make you feel uncertain, frustrated, scared, tense and gloomy. In other words, losing your daily routine can influence how you feel.

Here are some best practices that you can get started with right away to find more balance and a new rhythm in your life:

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