Beating anxiety during the MCO

Dr Ismail Drahman

KUCHING: There is no doubt the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country has caused anxiety and stress in everyone, and this has not been helped by the movement control order (MCO), which as of now, has been extended for another two weeks.

Many have expressed their concerns on social media, and Sarawak Mental Health Association President Dr Ismail Drahman said the current situation was difficult to predict.

“In this time of uncertainty, most of us will encounter stress and anxiety, and we don’t know what unfortunate events are going to come and how long we are going to face them.

“Low income families, and those with unsecure employment – worry will definitely set in…most of us have our own difficulties and responsibilities,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

Dr Ismail also added that with the MCO extended, more stress and anxiety would occur among the people.

“To reduce the stress, we need to follow strictly to the instructions from our authorities, so the MCO will end on time and people can go back to their normal lives.”

Dr Ismail said the MoH had provided a 14-day wellbeing diary for the public that included daily activities or getting through the MCO.