Coronavirus no more! Corona Briefer Addresses the Impact of the Pandemic on our Psychology

Coronavirus no more! Corona Briefer Addresses the Impact of the Pandemic on our Psychology

Everything at a distance, just don't get too close: The coronavirus crisis has turned our lives upside down. In the meantime, we are annoyed, frustrated, and a little shaken by the pandemic's extent. This article aims to discuss psycho-hygiene in times of coronavirus. Wash hands thoroughly and keep your distance - most of us have now internalized the hygiene and behavior rules in times of coronavirus. But what about our "mental hygiene" in such an exceptional situation?

Experts look at what triggers the coronavirus crisis in us psychologically, what consequences it can have for our mental state and how we can strengthen our mental health in times of coronavirus. 

No more confidence

A lack of energy, discouragement, and powerlessness are pervasive at the moment because coronavirus now massively dominates everyday life. Planning (of vacation or appointments) but also confidence in the future are difficult. Uncertainty not only scares us, but it can also make us sleep worse. A vicious circle that is difficult to escape if you are not a little careful with yourself.

Therefore, above all, we have to protect ourselves a little. We must be well informed. But the constant look at coronavirus news can make one downright panic. Careful media consumption is now helpful. Maybe only check the news once or twice a day and take it easy to take a Corona break. It can also be helpful to learn the principle of mindfulness. This makes it possible to counter negative thoughts and feelings and stress in everyday life in a healthier way. It is worth trying our training online!

Contact bans, exit restrictions, locked city limits - what triggers the corona pandemic in our psyche? Panic, fear, resentment, or anger - the emotions and reactions are very different.

The routine is missing

Suddenly only home office, no more meeting friends, all big celebrations canceled! Many of us lack the daily routine and contact with others. The ceiling can fall on your head. For many, this is a real shock and a huge burden. We do adapt to such an exceptional situation, but a whole range of emotions are set off. And they are quite contagious. The fear of an emergency, for example, makes many people "hoard" - according to the Berlin psychologist, an attempt to regain control over their own lives.

Enduring the uncertainty

Each of us works differently - this also applies to our reactions to the coronavirus crisis. How we react to the current situation depends on our "inner architecture" and our current life situation. When does all the spook end? The greatest challenge right now is to endure the uncertainty.

Social distancing is important to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but it can also negatively impact our psyche. Perceived loneliness can make you depressed and weaken our immune system. We like to keep family rituals, especially on public holidays. But this year, everything is different. Corona virus also throws us a spanner in the works over the holidays or at other family events. The lack of psycho-hygiene can have severe consequences for our psyche. Not getting out of bed in the morning, not being able to look forward to anything, restlessness, or insomnia - is that still normal, or is professional help necessary? If such symptoms last longer and don't go away on their own, "something should be done," says Dr. Carina Remmers. 

Tips against the camp fever

But coronavirus doesn't just make you lonely. In many couple relationships and families, the often unfamiliar constant of being together harbors an increased potential for conflict. Please refer to another Corona Briefer article about how to manage family time at home throughout the coronavirus pandemic.