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Omicron got you down? Here are five tips to help you cope.

Updated: Jan 20

Just when it seemed like we could put 2021 behind us and look forward to 2022, along comes the Omicron variant which has been reported to be highly infectious.

It is perfectly normal to feel that familiar pang of anxiousness and fear of the prospect of reliving the lockdown days. Don't let anxiety get to you, here are five tips to help you cope during these uncertain times.

1. Focus on things that you can control.

Instead of scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed which is bound to leave you more anxious than when you started, focus on things that are within your grasp. This can be from scheduling to attending your booster vaccination, ensuring masks are worn properly, to observing social distancing when in public.

2. Engage in feel-good activities.

It doesn't help to lock yourself in the room, ruminating over new variants and feeling down. Take your mind off by engaging in activities you enjoy, such as baking (It is not just for lockdown), binge-watching your favourite series, taking up yoga, or even walking around your neighbourhood. Adopting a furry friend from your local shelter during these uncertain times will also add a smile to your face.

3. Lean on family and friends for support.

You might be surprised to find out you are not the only one feeling anxious during these times. Do not underestimate the power of a phone call to family or friends. Reach out to a loved one, be it a friend or family member and you may discover that others are feeling the same way you are, and find comfort in the shared experience.

4. Take care of your mental and physical health.

It is extremely important to get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, and limit thoughts and activities that can affect your mental well-being. Whether it's kicking off a new workout routine, decluttering the house, or simply cooking more at home, all these will contribute to better mental and physical health.

5. Seek help if you need it.

If you are feeling extremely overwhelmed, and are unable to connect with your loved ones or focus on your well-being, you may want to consider seeking professional support from a licensed mental health expert. Trained psychologists and counsellors can work with you to provide actionable steps to guide you out of a slump.

You are not alone. Speak to a licensed mental health expert over the DA app from the comfort of your own home today.

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