Report offers ways to cope in crisis

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As the world rallies to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, a range of resilience strategies are being offered to help people get through.
In a report from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, titled ‘‘Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus’’, doctors Lucy Hone and Denise Quinlan have set out various points to help people cope psychologically.

The guide aims to assist people in the days and weeks ahead.
At the top of the list is the concept of people choosing where they focus their attention.
As part of that tip, people are encouraged to pay particular attention to ‘‘what’s still good in your world’’ and to ‘‘deliberately seek out the people and do the stuff that make you happy’’.

‘‘Research shows how vital experiencing positive emotions is for our resilience. Negative emotions are contagious and prolonged feelings of helplessness are strongly associated with depression.’’
They also encourage people to focus on what matters and what they can control.
‘‘Easy to write, hard to do, we know, but worrying about things you cannot change will only upset you and frustrate you further.’’

They also suggest people give their brain a ‘‘holiday from coronavirus’’.
‘‘Avoid rumination by giving your poor overly busy wandering mind a rest by deliberately participating in seriously engaging activities.’’
Their suggestions include crosswords, watching television, following a new recipe, listening to music or a podcast, reading, talking on the phone, playing dress-ups with your children and drawing.

They encourage people to be kind to themselves and others.
‘‘Remember everyone is doing their best to navigate these exceptional times. A little kindness will go a long way. A lot of kindness is even better.’’

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON
@alliedpress.co.nz