Three Cs way to cope with Covid-19


IN the midst of our third pandemic wave, it is not surprising that many Malaysians from all walks of life are struggling with their mental health. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have the financial means to access professional mental health support. So perhaps some self-help is in order.

At the individual level, we can strive to practise the three Cs:

> Calm yet cautious attitude: Be mindful not to contribute to panic that can hinder efforts to positively manage our fears. Maintaining a calm outlook helps to deal with isolation or quarantine rules that may feel daunting or overwhelming.

> Connect with family and friends: Even doing so online can improve one’s sense of wellbeing. Form support groups so everyone can encourage each other to stay physically active, have a balanced diet and, if things get too hard, to seek professional mental health support.

> Compassion and kindness: Showing compassion and kindness helps to connect with others, which in turn strengthens our key sense of community and solidarity.

The worst of this pandemic WILL pass, especially given the concerted global efforts to find an effective vaccine. As always, strive to maintain a balanced, glass half-full rather than glass half-empty outlook.

SZE LOONG STEVE NGEOW

Kajang, Selangor


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