Easter holidays are approaching which, due to a pandemic, will have to observe the well-known rules imposed by the red zone with restrictions that will prevent great celebrations with family and friends. The inevitable psychological distress will continue, but individual strategies must be activated in order not to succumb to fears, stress, “prisoner’s syndromes” and sleep disorders.
Some advice is provided by the Order of Psychologists of Friuli Venezia Giulia which is continuing to observe the strong emotional discomforts triggered by the trauma of Covid which has also generated more and more dysfunctional stress reactions. “After more than a year, many feel, rightly, still fragile, unstable, unmotivated, prey to uncertainty about the future, both health and economic, with the risk of polarization of our mental life”, Declares the president Roberto Calvani who invites everyone to experience this Easter in red without panicking. Of course, “even in the Easter period there will be people and families in isolation or hospitalized, locked in quarantine, perhaps awaiting the outcome of the swab; As always there will be doctors, nurses, health personnel constantly looking to cure the sick: it is clear that Easter cannot be very different from last year “.
Don’t exasperate phobias
Thinking of the exhausted health workers, the many, too many deaths, the relatives of those who have been carried away by the virus, the sick in hospital and at home, “it is inevitable, in this Easter in an almost semi-lockdown, to share the collective suffering, without exceeding overly phobic feelings which can determine the onset of illnesses at risk of leading to psychopathological attitudes”.
While acknowledging and strongly requesting the need to provide the population with psychological services within the public service (“it is urgent to implement basic public psychology, on a par with basic medicine, to improve crisis and daily management”), president Calvani suggests to citizens to “build trust, both towards science and towards the exit, sooner or later, as has happened for all epidemics, from this virus ”. Even before Covid-19, the focus on psychological health was very low. More awareness is needed. “We should think about a system of basic psychologists, also because we are observing that especially the symptoms that emerged after the health crisis have a high probability of returning, if they are treated with psychological support from a specialist, I think both the relatives of the victims, both to the sick, to those who have lost or are losing their jobs or those who live anxious to get infected or infected with the stigma of having been or becoming the greaser”.
Planning for the future
Meanwhile, in order not to be overwhelmed by an armored Easter and the wave of psycho-pandemic, the Order of Psychologists elaborates some simple advice: remain sufficiently informed, without exaggerating, to correctly understand the progress of the situation; maintain all prevention measures and avoid visits to vulnerable relatives and frail people to reduce infections; devote oneself to self-care, even if social relationships are suspended, from food to sport, through the continuation or resumption of one’s hobbies, maintaining the routine activities and planning future activities avoiding any temptation to give up.
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