DEALING WITH THE EFFECTS OF CORONAVIRUS AT HOME:
Coronavirus and psychosocial at home is undoubtedly challenging and daunting. The government, the NHS, healthcare workers have pleaded for everyone to stay at home. The people of the United Kingdom have listened and now staying at home indefinitely. THANK YOU. How do we cope with staying at home after some time? How do we manage the psychosocial implications of staying at home longer than usual?
CORONAVIRUS AND WELL-BEING
Staying off work and at home in a normal situation is a relief to have a good rest, fulfil schedule travelling, carry out plans and many other arrangements that need accomplishing. Proper sleep and freedom to do whatever you want, such as activities of daily living, exercises, a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and some DIY. However, at present, the type of staying at home is abnormal and compulsory. Moreover, it presents anxiety, worries, fear of the unknown and financial insecurity. The schools and businesses closed, freedom of movement, job security and health are compromised. Society seeks a quick solution to eradicate Coronavirus as soonest and to build back a healthy life.
HOW DO WE OVERCOME PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS
It is indeed a challenging time. Who would have thought that the beautiful Christmas and the New Year celebrated only just a few months ago, will turn around to hunt humanity this way with Coronavirus. People have been unwell, and many have lost their lives and the worse of all, families are not allowed to visit loved ones at the hospital. And, not even wife, sons, daughters and grandchildren have the chance to hold the hands of the loved ones, and to watch the last breath taken, and to say their goodbyes. How terrible is this? It is cruel.
At this point, our heart goes to affected families throughout the world. We are sorry that we were unable to save their lives, and we pay our condolences with hymns (ABIDE WITH ME: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL: ROCK OF AGES: NEARER MY GOD TO THEE: AND GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS). Nurses and Doctors are now families to patients, standing by them and telling them it is going to be alright. Meanwhile, Nurses gives the end of life care and final respect, while tears roll down their cheeks. Moreover, some patients were lucky to use mobile phones, iPad to receive goodbyes from families. It is not pleasant, isn’t it? Personally, nearly two decades of Intensive Care Nursing have not seen anything like this. It is right to say; indeed, it is strange.
Similarly, can life ever be the same again? Fear for the future is building up every day, will l be infected, will l survive, my business, jobs, plans for life, weddings, birth and children, healthy ways of life, will it ever be normal again. All of these questions need answers.
COPING OR NOT COPING AT HOME
However, all is not lost. It is time to fight back by getting rid of anxiety, fears and worries. Everyone copes differently and accepting the situation we are in, taking responsibility and discipline, is the first victory. Obeying the government and medical officer’s advise is another step to accomplishing a positive way forward. Coping at home can be a moment for reflection, guess time to do those things that you had wanted to do of which time does not permit. Things like learning passionate hobbies, such as drawing, reading novels, learning musical instruments, dancing, singing, painting, sewing. Also, online learning, DIY, wedding planner, motivational speech, and time to think of creativity that will earn you additional income working from home, when life comes back to normal. Re-kindle your love to partners and family.
Is it time to get occupied with creativity and think less of Coronavirus? Coronavirus is a phase, and it will pass anyhow, just nobody knows how long it will linger around. However, have a fighting spirit, get up and do something beautiful for yourself, whether staying at home or going to work. It is a situation that we are in 2020. It is nobody’s fault, and we have to face it and find a way to get over it, while the government get on with it to find the quickest solutions possible.
Music is a functional psychotherapy proven by Neurologist. Play music, for music, brings joy and happiness, dance, meditate, yoga if you can, and exercise. Maintain a balanced diet, and put your mind at rest; we are all in it together. Eat well, and sleep well, and don’t worry, everything will be alright again. Moreover, our scientists, infection and disease experts are looking for a solution critically at present.
Overall, Nurses will remain the dedicated ring bearers and the frontline carers, caring for all patients. Bear with us, for our hearts are bleeding too. Look after one another, live in peace and harmony. One most significant medicine towards all of these is LOVE. Stand together as a family and show affection to one another. Love conquers many negative things, where love exists, there are lights and light overrides darkness. Watch films together, play music and enjoy it together at home, be happy. I leave you all in peace while we carry on caring for our dear patients in the intensive care unit. There will always be joy in the morning and may Coronavirus not steal our joy and freedom. May life treat you kind, and find you a comforter during this challenging phase of life, and forever.
YOU RAISE ME UP HUMANITAS FELICITAS!
THANK YOU UNITED KINGDOM FOR STAYING AT HOME FOR US. THANK YOU!