The main goal of Radiolife is to improve the quality of life through technology. But what is quality of life? How to seek it in the middle of the pandemic? According to Health and Wellness sitethe World Health Organization (WHO) defines quality of life as "an individual's perception of his or her position in life within the context of the culture and value systems in which he or she lives and in relation to his or her goals, expectations, standards, and concerns. Below, check out tips on quality of life and mental health during the pandemic.
First of all, health and quality of life are not the same thing, although they are very closely related. When we talk about quality of life, we are also not only talking about physical health, but also about mental health and socioeconomic aspects. Report from the website UOL Educação explains that the Human Development Index (HDI), for example, was created by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as an initiative to contemplate other variables, such as social, cultural and political characteristics, which also influence the quality of human life.
WHO also highlights that the social and mental context has been greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemicso that it is normal and understandable to go through situations of fear, stress and worries. Added to this are the changes in routine caused by the pandemic, including the restrictions of movement to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Remote work, unemployment, online education, lack of contact with family and friends are some of the factors of this new reality. Therefore, the WHO recommends that mental health care is as important as physical health. A few tips on quality of life and mental health can help.
Check out tips on quality of life and mental health
A Fiocruz study showed that "anxiety and depression symptoms affect 47.3% of essential service workers during the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil and Spain. More than half of them - and 27.4% of the total respondents - suffer from anxiety and depression at the same time. In addition, 44.3% have abused alcoholic beverages; 42.9% have experienced changes in sleeping habits; and 30.9% have been diagnosed or treated for mental illness in the year prior to a survey coordinated by Fiocruz, and done in partnership with other institutions." Some tips, based on the General recommendations for Mental Health and Psychosocial Care in the Covid-19 Pandemicprepared by Fiocruz Brasilia, can help:
- - Acknowledge and welcome fears by seeking out trusted people to talk to;
- - Invest in exercises and actions that help reduce the level of stress, such as meditation, reading, breathing exercises, among other mechanisms that help situate the thought in the present moment;
- - Ensure systematic breaks during work (if possible in a quiet, relaxing place) and between shifts;
- - Reframe life plans and strategies, to continue producing plans in a way that is adapted to the conditions associated with the pandemic;
- - Keep the social-affective network active, establishing contact, even if virtual, with relatives, friends and colleagues;
- - Avoid using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs to deal with emotions;
- - Seek a health professional when the strategies used are not being enough for your emotional stabilization;
- - Seek reliable sources of information;
- - Reduce the time you spend watching or listening to media coverage;
- - Stimulate the spirit of solidarity and encourage community participation.