There is life with HIV

Stress and COVID-19 Social Isolation and Mental Health

Stress and COVID-19, mental health and social isolation seem, well, I'm sure, health problems are already well beyond emerging and, friends, we need to put our spirits on the path of peace! Emotional tension, we know, is an extremely harmful force, with vast power of organic destruction. The number of plumes of psychosomatic origin grows every day and grows more every day!

I can't get enough of quoting neurologist Suzanne O 'Sullivan and the book “it's all in your head”, whenever I have to deal with people who are stuck in the looping of the immunological window and, at the end of the text, I will link to the El Pais article, which deals with this topic.

But I like to quote this part of the story, to clear the way:

O'Sullivan once had a patient, named Linda, who noticed a small swelling on the right side of her head. It was just a sebaceous cyst, but she kept doing tests and consultations. Shortly thereafter, he lost sensation in his right arm and leg; the patient was sure that the swelling had reached the brain. When O'Sullivan examined it, the entire right side of the body - the same where the lump was - had already lost movement and sensitivity. But Linda didn't know that the right brain actually controls the movements of the left side of the body, so her mind was wrong to create the symptoms. Linda, in fact, suffered from a psychosomatic disorder - her thoughts triggered symptoms of a non-existent disease.

If you can create "that", you can create anything! And that is why I thought it was very opportune to translate this text from the CDC, which I actually found “by chance”! A good read

Dealing with COVID-19 Social Isolation and Stress

 

Facing the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big effect on our lives. Many of us face challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. 

Public health actions, such as social detachment, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning how to deal with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about and those around you more resilient.

Stress can cause the following:

  • Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness or frustration
  • Changes in appetite, energy, desires and interests
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
  • Physical reactions such as headaches, body aches, stomach
  • Skin rashes and problems
  • Worsening of chronic problems of chronic health problems
  • Worsening mental problems
  • Greater use of tobacco, alcohol and other substances

It is natural to experience stress, anxiety, grief and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some ways to help yourself, others, and your community to manage stress.

Healthy ways to deal with stress

Stop watching, reading or listening to news, including social media. It is good to be informed, but constantly hearing about the pandemic can be disturbing. Consider limiting news to just a few times a day and disconnecting from your phone, TV and computer screen for a while.

  • Be careful with your body.
    • Take a deep breath, stretch or meditate
    • Try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid excessive use of alcohol, tobacco and substances.
    • Continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations, cancer screenings, etc.) as recommended by your healthcare provider.
    • Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
  • Make time to relax. Try to do other activities that you enjoy.
  • Connect with other people.
  • Talk to external people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Connect with your community or religious organizations. While social detachment measures are in place, try to connect online, via social media, by phone or mail.

Helping Others to Overcome

Taking care of yourself can better equip you to take care of others. In times of social detachment, it is especially important to stay connected with your friends and family. Helping others to deal with stress through phone calls or video calls can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated.

Mental health and crisis

  • If you are struggling to cope, there are many ways to get help. Call your doctor if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several consecutive days.
  • During periods of extreme stress, people may have thoughts of suicide. Suicide can be prevented and help is available. More about suicide risk, signs to watch for and how to respond if you notice these signs in yourself or a friend or loved one, can be found here.
  • free and confidential for crises Raising they can also help you or a loved one to connect with a qualified and trained counselor in your area.

We have the CVV, Life Valuation Center, For example. 

And a personal, honest testimony can help.

In 2002 I had a very violent emotional shock. I did what I never do, I trusted with ease. And I was easily deceived. 

The main reason why I have this immense difficulty in trusting lies precisely in this: disappointment destroys me and the last person I trusted, a friend, threw me into the street of bitterness. For two weeks I, still little known as a DJ, wandered, once again, without a roof, without a job and without food. I was, yes, Rogomes Aparenaldo Cido, standing at the railing of the Major Quedinho Viaduct, between jumping or not, and an elderly woman, whom God gave the crazy idea of ​​wandering in the dawn, questioned me, urged me to go down and face life. 

Since then, I have not easily trusted anyone else. But at the end of 2001 and I forgot about you, asshole, and I easily trusted someone's promise, and the disappointment came faster than I could have predicted, and since then, and for a very, very long time, I walked through life tormented by suicidal impulse.

I have a friend, Drika, who recorded and captured the image well:

Anything was a reason for thinking.

And thought, reader, reader, is a creative force that almost materialized several times.

Only a few years ago, overcome by fatigue, I sought help. 

And it was in the Spiritist Federation of the state of São Paulo. The treatment consisted of a lecture and a weekly passing session for ten weeks.

Since then, I never thought about suicide. Look for the religious center of your faith, the one in which you are most comfortable, whatever, and get closer to God, keeping in mind that for every step he takes in His direction, He is seventy-seven in yours and that it is wonderful.

Since then, I only use the word suicide to fight it.

Think about it, face life. Just as I say that there is life with HIV, I reiterate that there is life, despite COVID-19!

Live like most: one day, one at a time. Win this day and lay your head down. Whether on a pillow or on a step on the sidewalk. Wake up and face the next one.

That's what I recommend! It was how I won.


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