As Barbadians seek to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, they are being encouraged to take proactive steps to look after their mental and emotional well-being, since stress and anxiety can harm their health as well.
Shawn Clarke, CEO of Supreme Counselling for Personal Development (SCPD), has acknowledged that a number of persons are feeling anxious and even stressed at this time, given the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the pandemic and its numerous spin-off effects.
“First of all, anxiety is a normal reaction to any uncertainty or things we believe will harm us. So as it pertains to COVID-19, we just don’t know what to expect. We don’t know when it will end, we don’t know when they will find a vaccine for it, so it lends to a very uncertain future” Clarke remarked.
“People obviously are worried about their health and the health of their family members, their loved ones, both here and outside of Barbados. They don’t know when the children will go back into school. So you are having these children at home to deal with and you are working from home. How do you balance that?” he pointed out.