Quite a large number of people are now staying at home. Some are made to stay at home as the local authorities impose compulsory stay-home notice, while some are voluntarily doing so to help alleviate the situation. We share the common goal of breaking the infection chain. With fewer human contacts, the infection rate is expected to decline.
Many will find it to be boring when staying at home. Some might develop mild depression or anxiety disorder because they worried too much about the pandemic and economic situation. We must be careful so that we don’t fall into such emotional trap.
Staying at home can be busy and fun, if you are learning how to cook, reading and watching movies, listening to music and playing instruments, and learning new languages.
If you are working from home, get yourself down to work to complete one to two smaller tasks in combination with a bigger task. The sense of achievement for being productive at home is a great encouragement for ourselves.
Stay away from news reports, if you find them to be unbearable. But I am not pessimistic. This is because most Malaysian patients of Covid-19 disease are mild cases, and more and more are recovering after forty or so days of treatment. When the number of infected cases is under control and we record higher number of recoveries, I believe people will become less anxious.
We need to have a clear mind to better understand the current situation and a sheer determination to reject pessimism. This is what it takes to defend our mental health and preserve our sanity.