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Expert Suggests Tips to Cope up with Stress Anxiety

  • Date : March 25, 2020

Now that the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness it causes, are spreading around the world, phrases such as ‘social distancing,’ ‘self-quarantine’ and ‘flattening the curve’ are heard more often.

To cope with stress and anxiety during the current situation due to ‘social distancing,’ and ‘self-quarantine’, Dr. Javaid Sheikh, Dean of Weil Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCMQ), said that individuals should take charge of the situation. 

“We are facing a global pandemic due to COVID-19.  But we in Qatar are fortunate because of the actions the government has taken to prevent the spread of the virus,” he said in a video interview. 

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading of illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens chances of catching COVID-19. It also includes working from home instead of at the office, closing schools or switching to online classes or visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person.

Many are in self isolation, social distancing or stay-at-home due to the present situation, but this may cause anxiety in some and even depression, according to Dr. Sheikh. He has explained how to cut down the risks of becoming anxious and depressed. “Don’t be passively driven by the situation,” advises Dr. Sheikh. 

“The whole concept of social distancing is to flatten the curve of spreading disease,” he said. Flattening the curve refers to using protective practices to slow the rate of COVID-19 infection so that hospitals have rooms, supplies and doctors for all of the patients.

“It is important how to stay calm during this crisis situation and also how to enhance ourselves. One should make it an opportunity to rethink about some challenges,” he added. 

Dr. Sheikh’s advice to parents is to avoid getting exhausted because children are at home.  “Make a schedule for children and take control of them,” he said. However he said that the situation can be more challenging for those who stay alone.  “But we are in an era of where we can virtually connect with friends and family. Take charge of the situation and decide what best way is for you,” said Dr. Sheikh.  

He also advises those work from home to follow the daily schedule, have balance meal, good sleep and take plenty of liquid.  Dr. Sheikh also expressed hope that people will be stronger and resilient to any situation when the present situation improves and become better.