Friday | 08 May | 2020
By Emsie Martin
The new coronavirus epidemic, Covid-19, is causing a lot of panic worldwide, forcing us to live an unfamiliar lifestyle that gives rise to many mental health difficulties.
The psychiatric institution Akeso George has decided to put a positive spin on this anxiety-provoking word and has created an acronym to help us navigate through these trying times.
C – Create
It is important to keep using your time ceatively, whether this entails creating a structured and safe environment in your home, creating art, or DIY home projects.
O – Observe
One of the main principles Akeso follows and instills in their patients is the concept of mindfulness. In short, this means observing and focusing on what you are currently doing, whether this is experiencing all the flavours in every sip of coffee or focusing on every aspect of washing the dishes. The principle of mindfulness helps us focus on one thing at a time and prevents us from becoming overwhelmed by everything happening around us.
R – Routine
Make sure you follow a daily routine, otherwise the days may feel very long. Sticking to a routine also helps to keep one’s mind busy and avoid focusing on the overload of anxiety-provoking information.
O – Open-minded
Through introspection, be aware that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour surrounding Covid-19 are all related to each other and that you should not allow your thoughts or anxiety to take control of you.
N – Nurture
Be good to yourself and enjoy the little things that mean the most to you.
A – Attitude
Accepting your current reality for what it is and maintaining a positive attitude will ensure that you are able to navigate through this period with greater success.
This period is only a pause in our lives and shall come to an end. Therefore, make the most of this pause before the hustle and bustle of normal life resumes.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.