More than a year has passed since our country has gone to lockdown, and we’re back to square one. There are more Covid-19 cases than ever before, our hospitals have all reached maximum capacity, our doctors and nurses are slowly getting infected, and more jobs are lost.
There are so many things to think about as our future is unknown but for a lot of us, it is already a struggle to think in the present. There's pressure to provide for our family, no motivation to work, fear of getting infected, constant worry for our loved ones, and many more. These can make us feel alone, anxiety, and increase our level of stress which could lead to worse things.
Stress can cause the following:
- Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
- Difficulty in inconcentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances
It is so easy to fall into despair if we don’t seek the help we need. Howeover, there are also so many ways to decrease our levels of stress.
- Take a break. Have some time to relax, read a book, or simply meditate. Tune out the noises around you and just listen to yourself breathe.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you eat a well-balanced meal and intake enough nutrients and vitamins. To always get plenty of sleep and to exercise regularly to release some endorphins. On top of that, avoid any substance use like tobacco, alcohol, etc.
- Connect with others. Reach out to your friends, connect to old friends, or get in touch with someone whom you trust to voice out your concerns to.
Dealing with stress is not a joke. It is not an easy thing to overcome. Know when to get the help you need when you need it.
These are some support groups, pages, and advocacies that you can check out.
- Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines
- Baguio Mental Health Support Group
- Be Healed Foundation
- Boxless Society
- Buhay Movement
- Coalescent Foundation
- Luntian PH
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Philippines
- Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa
- Amping, gang – Mental Health Support Group Mindanao
- No To Mental Health Stigma PH
- Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc.
- Psychological Association of the Philippines
- Schizophrenia and Bipolar Philippines Support Group
- Social Anxiety Support Philippines
- SOS Philippines
- Tala Mental Wellness
- Talang Dalisay
- The Julia Buencamino Project
- Van Gogh is Bipolar
- Youth For Mental Health Coalition