Heavy loads in the dark season
“The second wave of the corona pandemic will lead to a long and difficult period of adjustment for all people,” expects the President of the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists, Dietrich Munz. “It will again lead to more mental crises and depressive illnesses and anxiety disorders.” In his opinion, unlike in the spring, people could not expect a rapid decline in the second wave of contagion. That makes it more difficult to get through the winter months mentally healthy.
“To be confronted with the restrictions and the threats again in a dark time of year: This combination is a heavy burden,” the author and psychotherapist Mirriam Prieß recently emphasized.
Do not underestimate symptoms
The threat from Corona is causing many people to withdraw and somehow try to persevere, explains Munz. However, this is not advisable for psychological complaints. He advises: Anyone who feels psychologically different from normal for more than two weeks should not hesitate to seek advice in the consultation hour of a psychotherapeutic practice.
The fact that your own stress limit has been exceeded can be shown by various stress symptoms – these include social withdrawal, inner restlessness, fear, tension, exhaustion and resignation, but also physical complaints such as stomach problems, poor circulation, tinnitus or allergy attacks.
The psychologist and author Pia Lamberty also advises mindfulness. “Find out about psychological support options. For you, but also for others. Take care of yourself and your surroundings,” she writes on the short message service Twitter. Time is not easy, it can have an impact. Your appeal: take it seriously.
Nature experiences and pandemic diary
Lamberty also wrote down a number of tips to help you feel better. One is to spend time in nature. That sounds banal, but it helps your own well-being. “And that still works during the pandemic.”
You should make yourself as comfortable as possible at home, she also advises. “Winter is dark. It can be even more exhausting when you are at home a lot.” She writes: “Use light wherever possible. Or as one would say in Denmark: make it hyggelig.”
From their point of view, it is worth keeping a pandemic diary. “What is still a reality of life now may be forgotten in ten years,” she explains. Help to write down and you can tell your children later how it was in the pandemic.
Plans for the time after Corona can also ensure a positive feeling. “Even if the pandemic will be with us for longer, life will (hopefully) normalize at some point,” writes Lamberty and advises: “Make a list of all the things you want to do when the pandemic is behind us.”
Listen to yourself
It is essential to strengthen the relationship with oneself. you should take some time every day to calm down and ask yourself whether you will get your money’s worth in this tense situation. It helps to ask yourself what you could do to relieve yourself and do something good for yourself.