Given the ever-changing events around the coronavirus pandemic, we all have been experiencing varying degrees of reactions to an event that’s far from normal. However, what’s essential to re- member is that in times of such high anxiety and stress, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your mental wellness.

With the lockdown in place and the ever rising number of positive cases, the stress of isolation and self-distancing and the worry brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is starting to take its toll on the mental health of people of all ages. But how do we maintain our emotional well being in such a scenario?

Firstly, it’s important to stem the tide of non-essential information and paring down your news con- sumption. This includes not falling for rumours and only believing information from credible sources.

In these challenging times, there has naturally been a change in routine —both personally and pro- fessionally for most of us. In such a scenario, it is understandable for us to experience emotions of anger, anxiety, loneliness, sadness and even worry. What’s important is acknowledging these feeling and the disruptions caused to our lives. Engaging in an honest dialogue about our concerns with a trusted friend, mentor, family physician or family member can go a long way in maintaining our mental health.

It’s also essential to stay motivated — make a list of the good work you’ve done at the end of every day, spend time with your family, practice self-compassion, and most importantly, be kind to your- self. Remind yourself that you’re stronger than this pandemic and that you’re not alone. Together, we shall all overcome this challenge, one day at a time!