It is perfectly natural to feel worried and anxious in times of uncertainty as is currently the case with COVID-19. It gives us a sense of security and a feeling that we are somewhat in control when we have access to information that helps us tackle our worries. This makes us better equipped to deal with challenging situations. Hand washing is the most important preventive measure to take. Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
If you feel worried, stress-relieving methods that you have previously used can be of help. It can be good to exercise, listen to music or read a book. It is recommended that you maintain your daily habits as much as possible.
We must speak carefully and avoid generalizing and making big statements, especially around children. Talking about personal feelings with your family, friends, and co-workers may help. Those who are very worried can seek help from their local health care center or psychologists. Also, the Red Cross Helpline,1717, is always open.
Each of us is unique and we respond differently to new situations, such as being quarantined. It is perfectly normal to feel tired, angry, sad and restless in these circumstances. Some people stay calm and see the quarantine-time as an opportunity to take care of things that they would normally not have time to do. It is important to keep in mind that quarantine is a social precaution and is only resorted to when necessary. It is important to give special attention to our well-being, be in contact with friends, co-workers and family by phone or the internet, going for walks and car rides.
Work from home if possible
Play cards or solve a puzzle
Clean your cupboards/general cleaning
Clean your garage or storage room
Go through your photos
Take online courses – e.g. fitness, yoga, computers, languages
Exercise at home
Read, listen to Audio Books or podcasts
Games with children
Textiles, such as knitting or crafts
Try new recipes or baking
Home maintenance, painting your home
Seek support, if needed, from friends and family, or by using Helplines or the internet
You can access an educational video on worries and anxiety and what you can do in order to be better equipped to deal with challenging situations.