The second wave of COVID-19: Tips to follow

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The approaching imposition of a new lockdown due to the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic caused by the Coronavirus coincides with the feeling of exhaustion by many. According to the results of a study conducted by the European Commission in the winter of 2010, about 50% of citizens usually feel bored due to the effort throughout the year at this time of the year, and 25% suffer from a feeling of constant fatigue. But this year’s winter is expected to be, of course, abnormal, so even before the infection of the new Coronavirus worsens, a survey conducted by the British Economic and Social Research Council revealed that one in eight Britons sleeps less than six hours a night.


Recent research shows how the anxiety caused by the Coronavirus, with the pressures of modern life, increases the unprecedented negative effects of epidemics. In addition, insomnia and fatigue lead to a deterioration of mood and undermine relationships and raise the probabilities and risks of accidents to high levels.


However, according to a report published by the British newspaper “The Times”, that should not be the case, as there are a number of main reasons that lead to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue, which can be overcome as follows:


Mental stress is caused by Covid-19


In the second wave of Covid-19, social restrictions alone can increase levels of stress. Thus exhaustion is a result of the burdens of prolonged mental stress caused by the disorder of staying in forced isolation. Sarita Robinson, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, says the condition “really depletes the human energy levels.”


An Indian study conducted on more than 200 executives, published in Chronobiology International journal, showed surprising results about the effect of the coronavirus on our life. In fact, during and after the closure, the participants have common behaviors such as a low mood, feeling sleepy, and had more naps during the day.


Experts recommend setting a daily schedule to organize time and make room for routine activities; including exercise; regularly eating healthy meals; practicing positive relaxation such as yoga; meditation; and maintaining positive online social contact.


The downsides of working from home


Videoconferencing was welcomed as an alternative to office meetings during closed periods, avoiding the scourge of using mass transit. But studies warn that working from home via video calls can cause stressful psychological problems.


A study published in the Journal of American Psychologists says that home workers via video calls feel that they cannot get sick leave. In fact, even if they feel overwhelmed and that they desperately need a mental health break, in addition to the problems caused by long working hours.


Researchers recommend limiting the use of video calls at work to important tasks. “The use of cameras should be optional. In general, there should be more understanding to avoid the use of cameras in meetings.”


Experts recommend respecting the official working hours in the second wave of covid-19. Researchers recommend that employees only allocate space for work (no matter how large or small) in their homes and that they are kept away from it outside of working hours.


Tension due to an invisible threat in the case of the second wave of Covid-19


The threat posed by the emerging coronavirus may seem uniquely horrific. It is a dangerous, invisible, and life-changing threat without adequate control over it. A 2011 study by the University of Sussex in the British Journal of Psychology warned that anxiety and stress cause insomnia and less sleep. This will significantly worsen the mental state and mood.


Experts believe there is a need to resist constantly checking social media for accurate news updates by the minute. Three years ago, American therapist Stephen Stosney described this media-induced anxiety as a “major stress disorder”.


Isolation clouds due to covid-19


Social distancing and restrictions on clubs, restaurants, and cafes have left millions of residents feeling not only lonely but overwhelmed. This is a confirmation from an international team of psychologists which includes experts from the universities of Oxford and Birmingham. In addition, it is stated that the more connections a person has on their social network, the more they will become mentally and physically ill.


One solution to this problem is that the more a person feels socially inactive, the more important it is to devote time each day to stay in contact with loved ones and friends. And if social media is stressful, he can resort to phone calls and emails in the event of lockdown and curfew.


Conclusion on coronavirus epidemic


The whole world must prepare to overreact to any problems that will be caused by this wave of coronavirus. Certainly, it will be more dangerous than the first wave.

 

 

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