Coping with Thoughts and Emotions

Why do we need to cope with our thoughts and emotions?

Just like physical health, if we do not maintain a proper diet, get sufficient rest or exercise regularly, we may find ourselves getting sick more frequently. 

If we are unable to identify when we are going through stressful periods, we would allow ourselves to remain “sick” and this would affect our mental health. 

I am anxious about what is happening. What can I do?

Emotions and thoughts can easily overwhelm us. One thing that we can do when we are anxious is to first slow down our breathing. The faster our heart beats, the more anxious we will be. 

Breathing Exercise

Breathing helps to slow down your heartbeat and reduce anxiety. 

  1. Find a nice, comfortable place where you can sit down (e.g at your bed, on the floor)
  2. Sit up straight and put your hands on your lap.
  3. Breathe in and count to 4 slowly.
  4. Breathe out and count to 4 slowly.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

Simple tips to cope with stress

  • It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.
  • Maintain contact with your friends and family over the phone.
  • Find a credible source to get the facts and information.
  • Engage in other activities during the free time present to remain active.
  • You can go to: to find activities and games.
  • Introducing SELF-care [+ insert the Basic Mental Health Video part 3/ infographic]
    • S – SMILE
    • E – EXERCISE (introduce workout video)