FMCO: Coping Strategies for Lockdown Stress

It is hard to imagine that lockdown has come full circle in Malaysia after 1 year and 2 months. However, it is understandable because the number of Covid-19 cases hit nearly 7000-8000 cases daily in May 2021 and that the nation has been facing insufficient beds in ICUs. The stress and pressure that the medical sector is facing is unprecedentedly mounting, much worse than MCO 1.0.

The imposition of Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) from 1st to 14th June 2021 has only allowed essential services to run in the country. Basically, the economic activities have nearly come to a halt. Now that FMCO is extended from 15th to 28th June 2021, the economic stress is permeating into all sectors of businesses and felt by everyone.

Whilst working from home in a confined space with little social interactions can be emotionally challenging, this is nevertheless the new norm that everyone of us has to get used to it. Lockdown stress can be built up and manifested in different ways. Therefore, it is important that some coping strategies are learnt.

To this end, we have obtained some useful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to serve as guide. Please have a watch.