These weeks of demonstrations not only demonstrated social discontent, but also brought with them mental, mental and emotional wear that some people notice in their lives, regardless of whether demonstrations are involved or not.
In this regard, the psychologist eSpecialist in emotional repair, self-care motivation and self-esteem, Javier Donoso, delivery Five tips on how to take care of your mental health in times of crisis.
1. Understanding the consequences of exposure to stressful situations:
It is normal for us to experience some changes in areas in the midst of the crisis dream (insomnia, hypersomnia), feeding (increased or decreased appetite) mood (instability, confusion, intense and changing emotional states), I thought (difficulty concentrating, negativity, concern for the future) and lead (intolerance, irritability, impatience, increased reactivity or inhibition and blocking due to shock).
This can create a field emotional exhaustionin which we will feel very tired and tense physically, mentally and emotionally, affecting normal functioning, our interpersonal relationships and our sense of purpose and hope.
Therefore, Donoso ensures sharing our vulnerability with trusted people. "This can be very helpful, because when we talk about what we live, we can feel relief and see things from a different perspective."
2. Search for dialogue and vault fields:
The psychologist explains that it is very important "Don't shut up, isolate, search and create a space for dialogue in which we can express how we feel, ask for professional help if we feel that discomfort is greater than us. Do not ignore it or try to control it, because it causes more tension and the risk of overflow or worsening of symptoms. "
3. Controlled exposure to images and information:
In the days when we are "bombarded" with information about social events in social networks and media, Javier Donoso recommends "dossify and choose where, how and how much we inform you. Ideally, if you were not connected for more than two hours a day and filter images of violence that causes fear and paranoia. "
4. Include spaces for entertainment, fun, humor and pleasure:
The expert assures that other places should be taken care of that a stressful and critical situation is not the only thing that happens.
"Being in a monothemie exhausts us emotionallywhich increases stress and a sense of helplessness, "says Donoso.
5. Focus on what we control:
In every crisis there is a large part that cannot be managed or changed, and by focusing on it, we generate very high sense of insecurity and instability. Because it is this trust and basic security that we want to regain, adds the specialist.
When it comes to managing emotions, Donoso recommends "Think about how we can contribute from our resources to our community, network or familybecause there is always something we can offer and it makes us feel that we have a goal, that there is hope that we participate and not only suffer from the crisis. ".
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Resilience, defined as the ability to face critical situations while learning from it, is a way to carry out this kind of crisis according to a psychologist who states that one of the ways to contribute to the common good is to have "a active role, participation, responsibility and height of sight. This position allows us to perceive the crisis as the possibility of change and transformation, not just as a threat to order and stability, to which we are used to"Ends.