Red Cross Sint Maarten

Coping with COVID-19

Red Cross Sint Maarten is here to bring you some tips and ideas on how to keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.

  1. Stay informed
  2. Watch your health
  3. Cope by activities
  4. Create a daily routine
  5. Caring for children during a crisis

2. Watch your health

Connect with others

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are at home, by phone, messaging, video calls or online, weather its people you usually see often or reconnecting with old friends or neighbours. Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too.

Look after your body

Our Physical health really affects how we feel. Try to make sure you and your family eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs and try not to drink too much alcohol. It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worst. Get outside for a walk or run if you can or try one of one of the following home-workout videos.

Facebook Live: Maintain a healthy body & well-being during COVID-19

In today's session, Ernika van Putten will talk to you about staying in contact with your friends and family, talking to someone about your concerns and worries, looking after your body, and taking care of your mental well-being.

Posted by Red Cross Sint Maarten on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Talk about your worries

It is quite common to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember, it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – doing so could help them too. Or you could try a charity helpline or webchat.

If there are any concerns, you may have concerns concerning your health or COVID-19 you can call 914 for assistance or you may also call VSA hotlines for any other concerns or if you may need someone to confide in or talk to.

Stay on top of difficult feelings

Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their day-to-day life. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from. It’s fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the situation are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, there are some things you can try to help manage your anxiety, like listen to a mental wellbeing audio guide.