What Has the Coronavirus Taught Us in Our Life?

What Has the Coronavirus Taught Us in Our Life?

It is therefore important to take care of your mental health and have a stress prevention plan alongside your cleaning, sanitization and physical distancing plan. Stress impairs your physical and mental health, including your immune function. Research supports that mindfulness and related stress-reduction skills have numerous health benefits, including enhanced immune function, emotion regulation, and well-being while decreasing anxiety, depression, and rumination to name a few.

I am suggesting three important things to do to in a good stress prevention plan:
1. Have awareness of your stress level.
2. Utilize skills to minimize your stress—pay attention to your red flags.
3. Have a good plan in place on ways to take care of yourself.

1. Awareness – Noticing and knowing how you experience stress—both physically and emotionally, and recognizing the signs and cues your body provides is very useful important first step. Additionally, having awareness of what stressors are leading to this stress is important in effecting change in your stress level.

2. When you are stressed, look for red flags. Consider the acronym for red FLAGS.

Forgetting to do thing you love? It is important that you engage with the people and things in your life that support, nourish, and fill you up so that you aren’t feeling drained, depleted, and more susceptible to stress and illness.

Lonely? Spend time with others in ways you can. Can’t spend time physically with people, use online meetings, the telephone, or apps that let you video with your friends and family. Stay connected in the ways you can. Also, if you can be around nature—at a park nearby or in your backyard—make sure you get around nature and some clean air. If you have a pet, engage in extra snuggling.

Anxious or Angry? Take a mindful break or breath. It is as easy as 1-2-3. Notice your body, your breath, and your mind—both your thoughts and feelings. It can be frustrating when your normal routine gets impinged upon or when your plans get cancelled. It can lead you to feeling angry or anxious. Notice how you feel. It is okay to feel. It is when you get stuck and can’t let it go that can really impact your stress and health.

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Ivan Zy LimDr Ivan Zy Lim is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of extensive practice experience in treating mental health issues. He is passionate about helping adults and adolescents with psychological and emotional difficulties. Prior to this profession, Dr Lim had over 20 years of experience in the corporate world. He has extensive experience in multi-cultural consulting, training and team facilitation; and has delivered workshops in 13 countries around Asia pacific. Dr Lim is a strong believer in living a balanced and healthy life. His other passions include Chinese martial art, Qigong, Chinese philosophy, spirituality and Lion & Dragon dance. His passion for Chinese Martial Art comes from the unique philosophy within the system that he believe is transferable into a counselling and life philosophy context. His Chinese Martial Art path was and still is a significant part of his physical, philosophical, emotional, psychological and spiritual being. Dr Lim have integrates Chinese martial art philosophy (Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism ) and Western talk therapy, a fusion of Eastern ideas with Western process. It provides an approach to learning and living well; the practical, the psychological and the spiritual, which he believe more adequately explain Asian behaviour.

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