The Covid-19 has turned our world upside down without previous warning.
The current uncertainty to which we are subjected to plus the forced lockdown can generate significant psychological instability that can interfere with our wellbeing. Specifically, the state of confinement places us in an uncomfortable position of little control. This threat activates primitive fears and a strong sense of submission to external circumstances that can arise important anxiety. It places us in a regressive place from which we may feel that we cannot make use of our adult resources, like deciding and acting accordingly.
Some of the most common concerns at the moment are:
- Am I infected?
- What happens if I got it, what happens to me and my family?
- Will my family members be safe?
- What will happen to my work situation?
- I have a relative infected with the coronavirus. I can't see him and suffer because of that.
- I juggle my job responsibilities and caring for my family. I am more stressed than ever and I'm going crazy.
- I have a hard time focusing on my work tasks.
- I feel stressed and anxious and am not sure how to handle it.
Feelings of confusion, stress, loss and anxiety are absolutely normal given the current circumstances. However, if these affects our wellbeing or erodes our relationships, they must be addressed.
How does psychological support help during confinement?
We all go through difficulties in life that can be handled with our own resources. However, when these difficulties pile up, we can feel overwhelmed and anxious.
Psychological support during lockdown can help to:
- understand how we feel,
- understand why we feel that way,
- implement mechanisms so that these emotions do not become overwhelming or have side effects on our personal relationships.
Also, received in early stages can prevent the development of serious mental health problems.
What's more, psychological support is strongly recommended for those who have experienced mental difficulties in the past, as the current situation can only add more stress and increase existing mental instability.