Everyone is worried during this difficult time of COVID-19. This is a normal way of reacting to a very abnormal situation. But, for some people, the worry, stress and fear can become too much. How can you tell if you are worrying too much?
- You are extremely worried about getting COVID-19 (even though you are doing things to keep safe like staying inside, keeping distance from others and washing your hands often).
- You are unable to sleep because you can’t stop worrying.
- You read social media messages or listen to the news about COVID-19 all the time.
- You can’t relax or stop worrying.
- You are always afraid that something terrible is going to happen.
- You are irritable with others for no reason.
- You are unable to cope with the usual things you need to do around the house like get dressed, cook or clean.
- You feel tense in your neck, shoulders or back, or have an upset stomach due to constant worry.
If you feel that you are too worried, please speak to a friend or family member or try these helplines.
Contacts (keep trying they may be busy)
- South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has many helplines 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789 or 0800 20 5026 and others
- Lifeline general 0861 322 322 and their AIDS Helpline 0800 012 322
- SANCA for Alcohol and Drug problems WhatsApp line 076 535 1701
- Childline 0800 055 555
For more info and helplines visit the Perinatal Mental Health Project’s website.