Every time there is an announcement of a community outbreak, everyone becomes anxious and overwhelmed. Some people even have a sudden physical reaction such as headache, sore throat, fever, or body ache and tend to think that they are sick when they hear about the news. These are the four ways that can help you maintain your mental health during a difficult time like this.


Be cautious. Always wear a mask, frequently wash your hands, avoid crowded places and keep social distancing. Having these precautions will minimize the risk of being infected by the COVID-19 virus and can put you at ease. 

Stay home as much as possible. Do not go out too often if it is not necessary. Staying home can protect you as well as your family from the virus. It is true that staying home can be stressful or wearisome but there are actually many ways that can keep you happy and healthy while staying at home, such as doing exercise, meditation,  quality time with family and exploring new hobbies. 

Stay healthy. To prevent the cold and fever, you have to drink lots of water, get enough sleep, eat nutritious food, and stay away from sick people.

Stay alert but be wise. It is important to keep updated with the news regarding the COVID-19. However, don’t trust every news item on social media. The sources of information that you  should trust are the Ministry of Health and the news with credible sources. Find a way to take a break from using social media and learn how to filter the information. Feed yourself with more positive news and information. 


– Sreymao Saing


Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html