On May 28th Stowelink hosted a successful meeting with a group of young people from the Kukachora campus network to talk about a very critical topic and that is mental health. The webinar which accommodated a total of 23 participants spread across the 5 major regions of Kenya highlighted and discussed on what young people were doing to keep their mental health safe. The meeting highlighted strongly some of the intervention that were necessary in order to continue having a maintained mental health status during the COVID 19 pandemic. Some of the key highlights of this discussion included the following:
How to take care of mental health during the COVID 19 pandemic
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Worsening of mental health conditions.
Ways to cope with stress
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
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