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7 recommendations that reduce anxiety in the pandemic process

It was determined that the new type of coronavirus causes psychological and behavioral problems as well as physiological effects. Due to the uncertainty in the pandemic process, people's long-term confinement caused psychological problems. Social isolation to minimize the contagion of the disease and protect their loved ones by maintaining as much social distance as possible was considered as the only remedy. However, the sense of restraint that arises due to social isolation; it increased boredom, anxiety, desperation and pessimism. In the process, people had to change their lifestyle. The limitation of freedom and the inability of individuals to do what they wanted revealed a sense of inhibition. Even for those with psychiatric conditions, not leaving their homes for treatment has become a problem in itself.

However, however successfully we seem to have successfully survived the first wave of the pandemic, the secondary effects of the process have affected the mental health of the community. According to the results of a preliminary study of 300 people;

- During the pandemic, higher levels of anxiety were determined in men than in women.

- General anxiety levels of individuals who already have anxiety disorders but are under treatment and control were found to be lower than those who said they did not have such a disorder.

- It turned out that those who followed the news of the epidemic through various media had a higher level of anxiety than those who did not follow.

- It was found that those who said that they did not follow themselves in terms of disease findings or were not afraid of the disease had a higher level of anxiety. In other words, it was determined that the more a person watches the news of the epidemic and the more they talk about the epidemic, the higher the level of anxiety.

Especially during the quarantine process, the extreme sensitivity shown by individuals with a concerned and sensitive nature and the difficulty they had in regulating human relations revealed some problems. Due to the mechanism of denial, some individuals had difficulty changing their habits during the pandemic process. Problems such as attention, focus, stress, planning and regulation became more pronounced in people's lives. In order to cope with the psychological effects of the process, individuals had to continue their routine daily lives as long as possible, while changing habits and uncertainties led to a sense of unusualness.

Daily routine work should continue, the working order should be adjusted according to the new conditions.

Care should be taken to sleep regularly, bedtime and wake up.

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Hobbies in the normal order should be continued, books should be read and music should be listened to. A hobby should be acquired if possible.

Exercise should be done, nature walks away from the crowds should be preferred. The habit of working out at home should be gained.

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It should be fed regularly and balanced so that the immune system does not fall. Harmful habits such as alcohol and cigarettes should be abandoned.

Information should be obtained from the right sources during the pandemic process. Information containing unspecified disinformation on social media that will disturb our psychology should not be respected.

Care should be taken when sharing the information we have obtained about coronavirus with family members. Children in particular should not be given information that will increase the level of anxiety.

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