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Coping with stress during COVID-19
2021.01.21

Hello, this is Ellie from Stage Line Shinjuku.

Have you ever heard of a new term called “Corona Blue”, a combined word of “coronavirus” and “blue”, which means depression? In fact, many people are feeling tired due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. How do you deal with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

Maybe you can do home workout, practice meditation, watch movies, cook healthy meals or any kinds of activities that you like. Actually, there are lots of things to do while staying at home. However, there are still a lot of people who enjoy social activities and relieve their stresses when they hang out with their friends. For them, it can be quite stressful to maintain social distance for a long period of time.

 

If stress is interrupting your daily life despite you have been made an effort to be more optimistic, do not hesitate to ask for help.

 

I used to live in the United States, and people who live there go to therapy for all kinds of reasons. Even after a breakup. It’s very common for them.

One day, one of my friends who is not an Asian-American asked me a question, “Why Asians don’t go to Therapy?”

It is true. People in Asian community tend to think that getting mental health treatment is a sign of weakness, or it means you’re just a crazy person. If you say you need some help for your mental health, your family members or friends might experience shame and would say you can fight and overcome your stresses if you try harder. Perhaps many Asian people grow up controlling or hiding their emotions compare to other ethnicity groups’ households.

 

If you feel it is difficult to open up your emotions and feelings to your family members or people around you, it could be an option to receive guidance and treatment from a mental health professional. You do not have to struggle alone, and it is very natural to experience mental health symptoms for everyone. Also, don’t forget the most important thing is stop blaming yourself. We should understand that depression is not our fault.

 

And lastly, I sincerely hope you to be safe, and this whole COVID-19 crisis passes soon.

 

 

(photo by Yuki from Stage Line Shinjuku)

 

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