Sadness, irritability and loss of interest. in daily activities are part of the “normal” feelings within this “normality“Caused by the pandemic caused by covid-19, said the professor and researcher at the Faculty of Psychology of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Isabel Stange Espínola, who highlighted the importance of youngs -like the rest of the family- resort to self-care techniques to maintain emotional and physical well-being.
“In this period it is common for young people to feel sad, anxious, irritable, stressed and with a loneliness that sometimes invades them, wanting to cry for no apparent reason, afraid of getting sick or returning to school activities according to the demands that this implies. However, it is important that they take into account that there are support networks around them and people who can accompany them to generate ways of facing what they have experienced ”, she said.
In our country, almost 31 million young people between 15 and 29 years old, range established by INEGI, are susceptible to different physical and emotional dilemmas, derived from confinement, such as imposed isolation and cancellation of their usual routines, including recreational activities and interaction with their peers; This has generated in them certain alterations and even pain at the loss of a relative, friend or acquaintance.
The specialist in clinical psychology, pointed out that the anguish due to unemployment or the economic situation that the family is going through is added; and in other cases the problems increase with situations of intra-family violence, but also with the distancing of the partners, a more common aspect among young people.
Among the clearest repercussions of this physical and social distancing is the disinterest they experience by not having an explicit reason to get up, such as going to school, going out with friends or a partner. This causes changes in sleep schedules and even in hygiene habits, such as bathing.
“Uncertainty, but also the fact of repressing or prohibiting certain activities and imposing the use of masks, can impact young people to such an extent that they resist these prohibitions, which in the end will also impact the number of infections.”
The important thing, says Dr. Isabel Stange, is to bear in mind that at some point we are all going to experience symptoms generated by isolation, for which immediate intervention actions should be directed, based on the timely attention of health services and self-management. Be careful to stop these mild or moderate disorders.
So, Self-care leads to taking responsibility for establishing and maintaining health.; that is, to assume attitudes that guarantee personal well-being, but also that of others, since this is closely related to family and social support networks.
The academic pointed out that all people have the ability to face complex situations, “resilience”, so it is enough to reflect and know that they can be solved, or adapt and learn to live with the situation.
“Young people have to reflect on themselves and be part of self-care
It consists of analyzing how your physical, emotional, nutritional, spiritual and behavioral state is. That is, analyze how it is at a general level. This can be done with a numerical scale exercise to determine parameters and alert levels, in order to assess whether it is necessary to resort to professional support ”.