How to take care of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic by Noluntu Nzwana

It is amusing how we used to complain about short weekends and praying for long weekends. Then, came the COVID-19 virus and everyone wished for shorter weekdays, the irony in this.



So, me being the sponge for knowledge as I have written previously. I tapped into my curious knowledge sponge to find out how my family and friends can cope during this pandemic. I researched and came across an article written on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html


These are some of CDC’s suggested ways that I have applied in my life in order to cope with stress:

1. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate

2. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

3. Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.

4. Avoid alcohol and drugs


Number one has been easy for me to do as I have always been spiritually. Meditation is one of the effective ways to take care of mind, body and soul.


Number two is what I usually struggle with during lockdown but I try to eat healthy as much as possible. I mean it’s so extreme that as a Quantity Surveyor I wish that I can just start billing the quantities that I have compiled for my projects, excuse the pun . QS’s will tell you, you know that feeling when you look at the spreadsheet and you start missing a few rands from your budget. When you start giving people with huge appetites in the house “that look”……#there’s not enough in the budget#


Number three has been quite difficult as well as some days are better than others, but at least my little one manages to keep me active.

Number four, no difficulty at all as people no longer have a drinking problem but most probably “thirsty”

All in all, it has been quite a challenge, but we are all striving towards good health and survival.

So, be safe and stay home!!

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