Strategies for managing lockdown
Coping with lockdown means adapting daily life to these new circumstances. This has a direct impact on different emotional aspects, restructuring and adapting new spaces, and suddenly absorbing new situations that are difficult to manage, amongst others.
Professionals recommend a series of tips to help manage this situation as well as possible.
When it comes to thoughts caused by this new situation and the information generated by it, you are advised to:
Accept the situation in order to maintain a good state of mind and to be calmer.
Remember the reasons behind the lockdown.
Avoid excessive consumption of information. Evaluate it and contrast it.
Avoid constantly talking about Covid-19.
Emotions that are not generally recurrent, such as fear, uncertainty or frustration and that may now arise more often, should be accepted as a normal response to an abnormal situation. In this sense, it is advisable to support the people around you and stay in regular contact.
Fear is one of the emotions that runs highest when experiencing any situation of crisis, such as Covid-19. This causes behaviour to be impulsive instead of rational, meaning it is important to follow a series of recommendations in order to both recognise and accept the emotions, as well as to establish routines that are as similar to normal life as possible.
Avoid hoarding products out of fear that there is not enough supply.
Follow the established safety measures.
Maintain healthy habits in terms of hygiene, food, exercise and sleep.
Try to maintain the greatest number of basic routines.
Do enjoyable and relaxing activities that don’t require going anywhere.
Lockdown has meant many people have to work from home and must dedicate a space in their house to this. As far as is possible, professionals recommend:
Setting up a space with the best possible conditions in terms of light, quietness and, if possible, not in your bedroom.
Set boundaries between your work and personal life.
Respect break times.
Inform those around you of when you are available for contact to prevent constant interruptions.
Losing important people
An exceptional situation has arisen in the context of Covid-19. We are not able to accompany family members or other important people in the last moments of their lives, say goodbye or be at the side of those who need support at this time. For this reason, you are advised to carry out simple actions to symbolise a goodbye.
If you need help to support you through this situation, you are recommended:
To try using resources such as relaxation techniques.
To find support from those closest to you.
And, if necessary, to consult a mental health professional.
Lockdown and childhood
Children have also had to reorganise their daily school, extracurricular activity and leisure routines. To help them cope with lockdown, you are advised to:
Be attentive, answer children’s questions and keep them well-informed.
Listen to and validate their emotional experiences and their ways of adapting to the new situation.
Keep rules and boundaries clear, explicit and well defined.
Share activities both in terms of household tasks, schoolwork and leisure.
Let them participate in family decisions as much as possible.
Explain what the family situation (work and schedules) will be like during lockdown.
Help them to understand and follow safety measures.
If they want to, allow children to participate in alternative ways of saying goodbye to family members during lockdown.
Allow children to use electronic devices reasonably.