After so many days confined to the house, with the Easter holidays in the middle and a myriad of household chores, education, work to do, change of schedule and new habits acquired alone, with family and as a couple in our confinement, it will be time to return to “normality”.
The quotation mark because psychologically it will not be normal. It will be a long time before we resume the habits we had, because the word contagion will be marked in our minds., The word virus will be present. Experiencing a pandemic has activated our threat state for us, and it’s not so easy to forget in days, weeks, months or even years.
The psychological mark left by the COVID-19 crisis
We have faced a threat and as such our bodies have prepared for it. We have worked with our sympathetic nervous system to the max, by no means surviving, with every report, in every conversation, in every question your child has at home, with every known case of infected people, and with thousands of questions in your head.
Many people ask us about certain symptoms they are exhibiting these days; it is normal to have trouble sleeping and eating, times of listlessness and some level of anxiety, lack of concentrationFeelings of loss of control, emotional distancing, unwarranted mood swings … is a process that we have to go through until we reach an acceptance of what is going on.
Depending on the predisposition of each, it is possible to develop negative psychological consequences due to the mark that leaves us in this situation that we are living. For example, icy duels (in many cases there was no farewell from the loved one) or post-traumatic stress, through hypochondrial flare-ups, phobias, cleansing of OCD (disorder obsessive-compulsive), sleep problems, anxiety, depressive images …
The psychological effects generated by the coronavirus crisis are very diverseSo each of us will deploy our own resources to manage it, some innately and others with psychological help.
To start taking care of yourself from home, it is important to find the time to do some kind of relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, slow, deep breathing … the key is to work and activate the other nervous system (parasympathetic), which is the one that paralyzes the alarm state of our body (sympathetic nervous system). This will improve and strengthen our health and our defenses against stress.
Turn off your internal dialogue so as not to encourage certain thoughts in your head this will help you prevent certain psychological consequences.
The option of online therapy
More than ever, this is when online therapy shows its effectiveness; the possibility of being able to continue to have contact with our patients and that new people can do therapy online is very useful.
Today more than ever, we must prevent possible psychological consequences during and after childbirth. Each of us will have a psychological imprint of this experience.; this will be influenced by how we deal with social isolation, uncertainty, the emotional control we have, tolerance for frustration, adaptability, psychological flexibility …
Prevention and psychotherapy will help us to have more resources and strategies to overcome this situation without developing certain psychopathologies.