Mitigating the effect of COVID -19 on your Mental Health

It seems that everywhere you look, the first thing that jumps out at you is “Coronavirus” or “Covid-19” — either on TV, on Social Media, Newspaper, online news. We know that the virus poses a physical threat to your wellbeing, but you should also be mindful of your your mental health.

Worries related to coronavirus can include fears that yourself or a family member will become sick, the negative impact the pandemic will have on your investments, and more recently — lost income due to reduced hours or workplace closure. When you add these stressors to other factors such as self-isolation and quarantine, general anxiety and uncertainty, your mental health can be negatively impacted.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, try a few of these suggestions to bring yourself back to a calm space again:

Normalise any intense uncomfortable emotions you are having: These are tough times, don’t berate yourself for how you are feeling. People will tell you to be grateful for your health, but let’s be honest, it is equally important for us to acknowledge that social distancing, quarantine or isolation is hard.

Stay connected! Keep in touch with friends and family through via WhatsApp, facebook, skype etc.. and find online support groups or social-media communities related to your interests.

Consume news wisely: There are a lot of fake information going around, stay informed about the pandemic, especially at your local level, but try to get the news from reputable sources instead of information that is being distorted and passed around. Non-factual information can drive up your anxiety unnecessarily.

Establish a routine: Get enough sleep, get dressed in the morning, take a shower and eat a healthy diet. Exercise. Go out for a walk and some fresh air, even if it’s only into your own garden. Build some structure into an otherwise empty day.

More importantly, reach out to a professional if your mental health is getting the better of you. It is vital that you seek help rather than bottling it all in.

Remember, this is unchartered territory for all of us, so we are all in this together. Keep safe.

Things you can do while on home quarantine

As much of Seychelles, as well as the rest of the world adjusts to a new normal of restricted living, you may find that you’re running out of things to do– and fast!

If you do not have work to do at home, here are a few ideas you may want to consider:

Start a new hobby! This can be anything really, from learning how to knit, to yoga, to meditation to gardening  — as long as it’s something! I mean, do you have anything better to do?

If you have kids, this is a great opportunity to spend some more time with them. There are plenty of engaging activities you can do together that does not require leaving the house. Involve them in the kitchen, bake and cook together. Finger painting for the younger kids, building something with the older ones. Remember, this is hard for them too, they’re off school and missing their friends, having a social life, so keeping them occupied with something other than school work can help relieve some of the stress.

Read a book! When was the last time you had enough time on your hands to pick up a new book?
Join some facebook groups! Whatever your interest, we’re sure there’s a group for it! You can share as well as gain some ideas for things to do.
Start a pinterest board! If you don’t have a pinterest account, get one. Especially for home and DIY projects, there are literally millions of ideas for whatever you want to get done!
We know it can get a little boring, but if we all do our part and stay home, it hopefully will not be for long. Whatever you do, stay safe.

Notice to all customers from Sacos

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Following the latest development of COVID-19 in Seychelles and in line with the Ministry of Health’s advice to implement Social distancing, Sacos has implemented the following precautionary measures to ensure the safety of staff and customers, while allowing us to continue to provide insurance service for new and existing customers.

General Insurance

Enquiries for New and Existing Customers

  • Customers can call us directly or email us on the following for a new insurance cover, for their insurance renewal or for any other queries
  • Customer can directly request a quote for any new product on our website http://www.sacos.sc and one of our staff will contact you.

Claims

Customers can call us directly on 4295065/4296054 or email: Claims@sacos.sc

Customers can download our claims form from our website: https://www.sacos.sc/claims/ , complete it, signed it and send it to use via email with the supporting document. Please note that the list of all documents required are at the end of the claim forms.

Life Insurance

Enquiries for New and Existing Customers

  • Customers can call us directly or email us on the following for any new policy they want to purchase or queries they have on their existing policies
  • Customer can directly request a quote for any new product on our website http://www.sacos.sc and one of our staff will contact you.

Claims

  • Customers can call us directly on 4295115 or email us email: life@sacos.sc
  • Customers can also download our claims form from our website: https://www.sacos.sc/claims/ , complete it, signed it and send it to use via email with the supporting document.

Payment Facility

  • Sacos has bank accounts in all the major banks, namely Nouvobanq, MCB, ABSA and Seychelles Commercial Bank and we would like to encourage our customers to use the Internet/Mobile banking facilities for those that have them, or you can pay directly to our account for other banks that doesn’t have the facility for your policy renewal or for your monthly life premium payment. Please contact us on our customer service number 4295008, whatsapp +248 2660950 or email us at info@sacos.sc and we will provide you with our account details for your respective bank.

Over the next few days, we will continue to communicate with you over developments, so please follow us on facebook @SacosInsuranceGroup and check our website http://www.sacos.sc for updates. We thank you for your understanding and we urge you to make use of our facilities above to protect yourself and your family. We remain a phone call away. Sacos Here for you.

Travelling amid coronavirus — how to minimise risk of infections

It is being highly recommended that everyone avoid unnecessary travel; but of course  with university all over the world closing worried parents want kids to come home, people away on vacation need to get back to their country and lets face it, not everyone can avoid traveling. If you absolutely need to do so, here are some tips on how to minimise your risk of contracting the coronavirus:

Firstly you should know that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that risk of infection on an airplane is low, owing to how air circulates and is filtered making it that most viruses and other germs do not spread easily. But before you can reach the plane you need to navigate your way around an airport and this is where you are most at risk. It is therefore imperative that travellers try to avoid contact with sick passengers, and that they wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser that contains 60–95% alcohol.

If your airline offers the service, check in online in order to avoid queues and exposure.

If you are able to, bring antibacterial wipes containing alcohol to wipe down personal areas like your tray table, armrests, seatbelts, console and call buttons.

Beyond frequent hand washing, good respiratory hygiene and social distancing, following these guidelines will increase your chances of avoiding infection. Remember, if  you do touch shared or potentially germ-ridden surfaces, avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth until washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Guidelines for staying safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus has reached the Seychelles and continue to spread throughout the world, more people are being advised or have taken it upon themselves to self-isolate while the relevant authorities are doing all they can to protect everyone’s health. While there is yet to be a cure for the virus, we can all play a role in slowing down the spread.

Protect yourself and those around you by:

  • Avoiding physical contact when and as much as you can.
  • Keeping distance between you and others when in crowded places. In fact, try to avoid crowded places altogether.
  • Avoiding contact with those who are visibly ill.

Everybody should apply the following hygiene measures:

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Sneeze and blow your nose in a tissue handkerchief. Use each tissue only once and throw it away immediately in a covered rubbish bin.
  • You don’t have a tissue? Sneeze or cough into your elbow.

Remember to call 141 and report your symptoms. Do not go to the waiting room or the emergency department. The doctor will determine by telephone whether you should self isolate or should go to hospital.

While it is important to plan ahead in case you need to isolate for 14 days, it is equally  important to not panic and stockpile. It is these trying times that require everybody  to behave responsibly and think about others; Buying more than is needed can sometimes mean others will be left without, others that may need it more than you.

Stay responsible, stay safe