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Podcast: Don’t Let Coronavirus Influence Your Psychological Well being

Podcast: Don’t Let Coronavirus Impact Your Mental Health

It’s typically stated that concern is essentially the most harmful virus on the planet. Whereas a comparatively small share of individuals will contract the brand new coronavirus, or COVID-19, the concern it provokes will chip away on the psychological well being of almost everybody who hears about it. So why does COVID-19 encourage a lot concern when there are different ailments lurking within the shadows? And what can we do about it? In at present’s podcast, our visitor Dr. David Batman, a registered medical practitioner within the U.Okay., discusses how this excessive degree of unprecedented world panic is being intensified by the continuous media, and particularly, social media.

Tune in to listen to an awesome dialogue on how we are able to shield our psychological well being in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.


Visitor info for ‘David Batman- Coronavirus’ Podcast Episode

Dr. David Batman has been a registered medical practitioner for 47 years and a Guide in Occupational Medication for 30 years. He spent 20 years as Head of Occupational Well being, Security and Worker Wellbeing for Nestle within the UK and Eire and has particular pursuits in psychological well being at work, danger assessments, rehabilitation and resettlement of staff. 

He makes a speciality of advising on life-style preventative approaches to medication, growing resilience, and administration of psychological well being points. Dr. Batman beforehand served as Chief Medical Officer for International Company Problem (GCC) and is now a valued member of the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board.

About The Psych Central Podcast Host

Gabe Howard is an award-winning author and speaker who lives with bipolar dysfunction. He’s the writer of the favored ebook, Psychological Sickness is an Asshole and different Observations, out there from Amazon; signed copies are additionally out there immediately from the writer. To be taught extra about Gabe, please go to his web site,

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Announcer: You’re listening to the Psych Central Podcast, the place visitor specialists within the discipline of psychology and psychological well being share thought-provoking info utilizing plain, on a regular basis language. Right here’s your host, Gabe Howard.

Gabe Howard: Welcome, everybody, to this week’s episode of the Psych Central Podcast. Calling into the present at present now we have Dr. David Batman. Dr. Batman has been a registered medical practitioner within the U.Okay. for over 40 years. He spent 20 years as head of occupational well being, security and worker well-being for Nestle within the UK and Eire and has a particular curiosity in psychological well being, at work, danger assessments, rehabilitation and resettlement of staff. Dr. Batman, welcome to the present.

Dr. David Batman: Pleased to be right here. Nice to have the ability to take part.

Gabe Howard: Immediately, we’re going to cowl the COVID-19 pandemic that’s on everybody’s thoughts. Particularly the psychological well being facets. Individuals are frightened and that’s not simply folks with nervousness or psychological well being points. Everyone seems to be frightened globally.

Dr. David Batman: I’d agree with you on that, Gabe. I imply, I’ve been training medication for 47 years. I’ve seen instances of malaria and rabies. I’ve helped companies by means of avian flu, SARS, MERS. However in all my years, I’ve by no means seen something that’s come on with this rapidity, severity worldwide. On the similar time, and at the same time as we speak, analysis is happening and we’re studying one thing new about it. I imply, it’s fascinating, however it’s uncommon that I’ve seen that look of concern on so many individuals’s faces. There’s a commonality right here. It’s one factor that has really introduced humanity collectively the world over. So I’m hoping that once we get by means of this, and we are going to, one thing totally different will come out of this and presumably some actual advantages.

Gabe Howard: Properly, I actually like that you just’re trying on the intense aspect. You understand, the phrase each cloud has a silver lining. I actually hope will apply. However let’s discuss how rapidly COVID-19 is evolving as a result of persons are feeling overwhelmed by simply the illness typically. However the quantity of data that’s being shared, it’s popping out so extremely quickly. And I do know that we in the perfect of instances battle to seek out dependable sources of data. What are dependable sources that you just suggest folks comply with to remain forward with factual info?

Dr. David Batman: I simply have been by means of varied issues over my profession. That is totally different, and I believe the distinction right here and also you’ve hit it on the nail on the pinnacle is the visibility of it by means of the media and never simply customary media and primarily social media, which is which has brought about the most important distinction prior to now. We’ve had outbreaks of illness. When the information shops have been gradual to get it to us, we had time to digest. This has been quick. I’ve been training psychological well being. I’m taking a look at folks, psychological well being for a few years now. And the frequent thread has been during the last eight to 10 years, a degree of mistrust and uncertainty. That’s been the brand new norm, the brand new stress. So why ought to we now instantly begin to belief what our medical occupation, our leaders are saying once we’ve had all this degree of mistrust earlier than? The social media has taken over and it’s catastrophized it. It’s creating that concern. And I’ll say at this stage, I believe it’s a nasty sickness. However for 90 p.c of the folks, you’re going to have a reasonably delicate sickness. You may need a nasty time of flu. However you’re going to come out the opposite aspect. And we’ve forgotten that reality. We don’t discuss that sufficient. It’s catastrophized. None of us may give absolute reassurance. Some folks will die. There’s little question about that. There’s simply an unlucky reality of life. Balanced in opposition to the quantity of people that die from flu, 650,000 folks a yr died from flu. Within the states, each 30 seconds, anyone dies of a coronary heart associated situation, and many others. Life involves an finish for some folks, sadly. However that is very public and I believe that’s the massive distinction. It’s very public now.  Now, to me, sources I invariably go to is actually the Heart for Illness Management within the States, the CDC, an awesome supply of data that. I am going to the World Well being Group’s Web page and they’re a wealth of data.

Dr. David Batman: Some right here within the U.Okay., I have a look at Public Well being England. Actually, throughout the Virgin Pulse household that we’ve received, we’ve received a superb platform. We’ve developed a device equipment which is instructional, it’s supportive, it’s useful resource heavy. You’ve gotten specialists like myself and others who’re scientifically based mostly, who’re giving the correct info. Johns Hopkins College has received an excellent Web page. They’ve received a dashboard that one can have a look at which reveals the evolving sample of the illness and the numbers of ailments. Once more, I’m going to offer a level of warning right here to folks. As a result of, the numbers, you realize, should you have a look at loss of life charges and that’s what folks fear about most, fairly catastrophic. The issue is right here, we really actually don’t know absolutely the numbers of individuals contaminated. We solely know the variety of instances who’ve really been admitted to a hospital. So for the overwhelming majority of individuals having this delicate sickness, and many others., it doesn’t want reporting. They usually self distance, they self isolate, they work from home, et cetera. We really don’t have correct knowledge. However what we do know is it’s throughout each nation on the earth and it’s very seen. The science is growing. What I discuss at present could also be totally different tomorrow or the day after as a result of the quantity of analysis that’s occurring is growing worldwide very quick. So typically what is true now will not be proper tomorrow. However I’ll say folks actually restrict the quantity of publicity that you just’ve received by means of the media and to social media.

Gabe Howard: It’s actually fascinating that you just stated that we should always restrict our entry to info. And I perceive that from like a logical perspective as a result of it’s really easy to get overwhelmed. And one of many issues that you just simply stated is that issues are altering so quickly and particularly in America, we don’t prefer it when issues change. And at any time when anyone modifications their opinion or their thoughts or the thought, you realize, we name them flip floppers and we are saying which you could’t belief them as a result of they’ll’t make up their thoughts. Once more, talking purely to my American viewers, should you say one thing on Monday, you get new info on Tuesday and also you replace that opinion on Wednesday. We don’t like that. We would like folks to get it proper the primary time. Which, after all, is inconceivable, particularly when one thing is altering so quickly as this. Are you able to speak to us about that for a second? As a result of I I’ve a sense that almost all of individuals listening to this, they’re not going to cease watching the information though they need to. 

Dr. David Batman: Yeah, the habits die onerous, don’t they? It’s what I used to be speaking on a webinar earlier at present and we talked about why folks have been struggling to only often wash their arms, or to alter their place of coughing and sneezing into the elbow relatively than the hand, and many others. We’ve all received these realized behaviors that are onerous to interrupt. And to interrupt and create a brand new behavior takes a median 60 days. You’ve received to determine why you wish to do it. You’ve received to undergo a contemplative stage. You’ve received to undergo an evaluation stage. It’s very troublesome to be doing that. The world of drugs, most individuals have a tendency to consider medication, that is clearly a part of it, as a science whereby we all know the whole lot and it’s factual. The truth is, medication is extra of an artwork and it’s a growing artwork and there are totally different opinions from totally different specialists. I’ve at all times quoted that should you put ten docs in a room, you’ll most likely get eleven solutions as a result of one will change their thoughts midway by means of. And that’s what we’ve gone by means of. However due to the concern issue, due to the publicity, primarily on social media, that is type of a loss of life sentence, virtually an apocalyptic state of affairs that’s coming to my village, my city, my state any minute now. And folks discover it very onerous to simply accept and even the medical occupation is asking the questions that your listeners are asking as effectively. And I believe a part of the conclusion has received to be that we are attempting to offer you as a lot info as doable, however actually we could be contradicted by one thing new coming in on a regular basis. We’ve received an actual conundrum right here, however it’s actually attempting to create a paradigm shift in considering and outcomes. It’s solely once we’ve really crossed by means of this pandemic. And we are going to. I maintain going again to your listeners, we are going to get by means of it. So solely once we get again that we’ll be taught. We’re not excellent at studying from historical past, however we’ve received to be taught from this.

Gabe Howard: Now, let’s flip the opposite approach. Now we have an enormous swath of the inhabitants that understands how severe it’s because it’s severe, however we even have a big portion of the inhabitants, once more, particularly in America, that basically really feel strongly that it is a hoax, that we’re overreacting, that that is no worse than the flu, that everyone’s gone mad. And that is all simply an try to cowl one thing up politically. What can we are saying to these people? As a result of the very fact is that is severe. I wish to make that very, very clear. However I additionally type of perceive, once more, particularly in America, why folks would possibly assume that we’re overreacting, particularly after they’re confronted with, effectively, their routines being shut down. You understand, right here in Ohio, for instance, the place I’m from, we are able to’t even go to a restaurant or get a drink at like McDonald’s or meet on the native bar and throw darts or play pool to assuage our stress. So this actually is permitting that different aspect to actually fester. What can we are saying to that group?

Dr. David Batman: The issue is, I believe in the meanwhile, it doesn’t matter which nation you go to is the political and financial state of affairs within the early a part of the unfold of this, attempting to guard corporations, attempting to guard international locations, economies, et cetera, on the idea that we don’t need something to occur. However now there may be stark actuality that it doesn’t matter what you do, and it’s not their fault. At this second in time, we didn’t know what was occurring, clearly. They tried to offer the perfect info, however they’ve received to have the belief, as we stated. You’ve received to offer as a lot info as you may as a result of it’s got to be correct and it must be constant. Now, it’s onerous to offer that constant info in the meanwhile, it’s variable, clearly, based mostly on the way in which this illness is progressing. Now, I believe a part of the issue is it began in China and there’s at all times been type of a degree of mistrust of that a part of the world as as to if information is being suppressed and what’s really occurring. However after I have a look at the information and what’s occurred, and the W.H.O. has really had a delegation throughout the nation. So the information and the data I’m getting, I belief now. Is that the measures that they put in labored, however they appeared to lots of people very simplistic as a result of we’re used to getting a illness, seeing a physician, having it eliminated surgically or getting a remedy, then that’s all we have to do. Nevertheless it’s very clear from watching out in China that knowledge, they solely had one new case yesterday. And also you consider the hundreds that they have been having.

Dr. David Batman: And what they did was to place in containment, to interrupt the transmission, to interrupt the thread. Properly, that’s onerous for folks to do it, however they’ve a inhabitants that truly listens. And due to the way in which that tradition has grown, they comply 100 p.c. We’re in a tradition within the Western world the place if anyone stated to us, we at the moment are comprise and quarantine a metropolis, a state, we’re going to shut borders of nations, that’s alien to our thought processes. And the message has by no means come throughout that to start with, that ailments must be contained. We have to cease the transmission from particular person, from household to household, group to group, which is why we’re having to get into that and to do it. And subsequently, we’re having to be pretty draconian to do this. And we don’t know the way lengthy that’s going to final. So there’s a conundrum right here. I maintain going again to we’ve by no means met earlier than. There’s no playbook for this. There’s no approach that we are able to return and have a look at the rating as to the way it occurred earlier than. There isn’t one. We’re in a brand new play. We don’t know what number of acts there are going to be. And we don’t know when the ultimate curtain is gonna come down. So it’s very onerous to place this into context, however it is going to be. Folks have gotten to have a perception in that in the meanwhile. However there will probably be an finish level and the overwhelming majority of persons are going to come back by means of with this. That is the way in which it’s going to be.

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Gabe Howard: We’re again discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and managing our psychological well being with Dr. David Batman. We’ve talked rather a lot concerning the uncertainty, we’ve talked rather a lot concerning the issues that we’ve misplaced. We’ve talked rather a lot concerning the concern. Let’s discuss some optimistic steps ahead. What are some easy effectively—being actions that individuals can add into their day to maintain them feeling optimistic and energized and maintain good well being habits on the highest of their minds? Within the midst of all this chaos and closure?

Dr. David Batman: Medical doctors should not at all times good at taking good medical recommendation, however I’ve at all times been a believer that 70% of your danger of turning into ailing, 70% of your means to really get a remedy and survive is because of life-style. And I consider that is all about life-style. Properly, let me simply offer you examples of what I’m doing now. As a result of I’m approaching 70 subsequent week, on this nation, the edict from the U.Okay. authorities is now I’ve received to self isolate for the subsequent 4 months. That’s a frightening determine. However I’ve received myself right into a mindset now that claims if I can’t change my circumstances, I’m going to alter my perspective. And that’s type of a banner that I maintain placing out to folks. So to start with, I’ve received myself a routine. I’m nonetheless working. I’m working from residence. My sleep sample is, sleep, crucial factor, most likely one of many greatest danger components we’ve received is lack of sleep. I’ll nonetheless go to mattress on the similar time. I nonetheless get up on the similar time. I set a routine that we are able to do. In order that will get up. I nonetheless get washed and I dress into work put on, I’m not swimming round in my p.j.’s, and many others. 

Dr. David Batman: I’ve received my work set out. I’ve instructed my household that I would like quiet time as to what I’m going to do. I’m exercising. I can exit and train so long as I’m six foot away from anyone else. I’ve a step counter. I’m nonetheless getting a thousand steps a day. I’m consuming effectively, I’m ingesting effectively, I’m getting loads of fluids. And on the fluids aspect, a little bit of analysis got here out yesterday from a Japanese physician, that stated, this virus is sticky. For those who’ve received a dry mouth and a dry throat, it sticks in your mouth, then it crawls its approach down into your lungs. For those who’re ingesting on a regular basis, the virus will get caught into the fluid, will get washed into your abdomen and the acid destroys it. So easy there. Don’t resort to alcohol to console it. Don’t resort to an excessive amount of smoking an excessive amount of alcohol, and many others. My spouse and I, she’s received the issues that she does. I’ve received the issues that I do. Now we have the issues collectively. As a result of the hazard is should you can come along with a companion 24/7, you’ve received nothing totally different to speak about. We will’t exit for a meal anymore. We’re gonna plan how we are able to have some particular meals at residence, and many others.

Dr. David Batman: I’m speaking with my kids, with my grandchildren, much more by means of Skype, by means of Fb and thru WhatsApp, and we’re doing that much more. So, I’ve received an outlook with the skin world. Inside our neighborhood right here, we’ve received a neighborhood app that we arrange. We arrange, and I’m serving to them do, though I’m right here at residence. We’ve received volunteers to assist the aged, the infirm, to get their meals, to get their medicines. I really feel as if I’m contributing, though I’m isolating on the similar time. All about life-style. I’ve restricted, actually do restrict the period of time I look on social media, perhaps as soon as, perhaps twice a day, if I’m being sincere into that space. I’m not getting the detrimental information. I’m trying on the optimistic information. However, my life goes on. I’ve received a to do listing. I wish to redesign my backyard. So I’m going to do this. I’ve received some books I’ve at all times needed to learn. I’ve put time apart to learn these, and many others. It’s about positivity. What you’ve misplaced is your freedom slightly bit in the meanwhile. You are able to do a lot, however it actually is about I can’t change my circumstances. I’m remoted, however I can change my perspective.

Gabe Howard: I couldn’t agree with that extra, and I do assume {that a} optimistic strategy may be very helpful and I like what you stated about we’re simply not used to this, it actually does present how a lot we take all of our freedoms without any consideration. Each morning I get up and I flip the sunshine change in my bed room. And I’ve received to let you know, each time I flip that change, the sunshine comes on. Ninety 9 level 9 9 p.c of the time. However each on occasion, I flip that change and the sunshine doesn’t come on and all I consider is, oh, how may this occur? What horrible luck. That is simply horrible. So it actually does present you it doesn’t matter how typically one thing works. We actually, actually solely concentrate on that one time that it doesn’t. Properly, that is an excessive instance of that. I actually do assume that is what’s occurring to many people. We’ve simply actually taken without any consideration how a lot now we have on our regular each day lives. And it’s turn out to be obvious to us now that a lot of it’s lacking.

Dr. David Batman: I believe you’re proper on that. I believe there’s a brand new norm that’s coming in. I believe, I’m seventy in two weeks time. My spouse and I’ve been planning for a yr to go on a visit of a lifetime. However what it seems is that journey of a lifetime was subsequent Friday. We have been on account of go on a cruise round Japan. And sure, I’m positive you and your listeners can guess which cruise ship my spouse had booked a cabin on. It was that floating petri dish; it was one of many huge ones within the information with a floating liner in Japan. We regarded ahead to that. However on the similar time, it’s gone. There’s no level dwelling prior to now. The longer term will probably be there. It will likely be totally different. However folks have been by means of transitions earlier than. The world’s been by means of transitions and the world will type it out. And I believe in the meanwhile, all we are able to do is belief the science. Belief the medics and certainly, settle for that the change that is happening is growing. It’s not in any of my textbooks. It’s not wherever on the Web. As I stated, there’s no playbook for this, and we’re going to must journey by means of it. However there’s going to be an end result.

Gabe Howard: And no matter that end result is, we’re all going to reach there collectively. Let’s change gears slightly bit and discuss your Coronavirus Toolkit for Worker Wellbeing. Are you able to inform us what that’s and who it applies to?

Dr. David Batman: I’ve labored for the Virgin Pulse platform now most likely for 12 years, et cetera, on our platform, and we consider in life-style change and what we’re in search of is sustained behavioral change. It’s science based mostly and what we, the goal is to empower folks. We give folks assist for his or her psychological well being. We put psychological well being on the agenda. Monetary assist. We received counselors that may assist. However instantly realized we’re a distinct world right here. And subsequently, for the people who find themselves a part of our household, we thought we have to assist them. And the one factor, once more I come again to this and also you alluded to it proper firstly, the place will we get sustained info that we are able to depend on? Every little thing that we put collectively, we’ve received a science advisory board, which I’m a part of, subsequently, the whole lot is science based mostly. And that’s once we stated, effectively, what do folks want? So we’ve received on that platform that individuals get entry to it, we’ve really received how are you going to maintain your workforce motivated? Engaged in instances of disruption, and many others.? We’ve received the tipsheets, you realize, tipsheets on how, we actually created one all about working from residence. So how are you going to go into that new world of labor the place residence has turn out to be the norm for work? Are we’re providing you with some wholesome suggestions which know the way they may work, and many others. We’ve received a useful resource information. We’ve received some prevention posters there, and many others. as effectively. So it’s a myriad of issues that are designed for employer and worker. What it’s, is about getting constant, scientifically based mostly recommendation and that recommendation will change because the state of affairs modifications. We’re all working extremely onerous behind the scenes to ensure that that is constant and proper and updated, et cetera, offering each the employer and the worker with sources. So that you don’t must go to reinvent the wheel each time.

Gabe Howard: And the place can our listeners discover that device equipment proper now?

Dr. David Batman: Folks will go on to the Virgin Pulse web site, et cetera, and it’s linked there. We’re placing it out at any time when we’re placing out our white papers, our info sheets. I’ve been working with one with one in all my colleagues earlier on at present, doing a webinar and a Q&A on that. And we are going to launch that with the hyperlink to that. We are going to use each alternative to disseminate that to offer folks assist. And sure, we share it with the companies who’re engaged with us there. However we additionally will put it by means of the hyperlinks. It’s a myriad of issues. It’s interactive. It’s shifting with the time.

Gabe Howard: That’s great, and naturally, we can even put that hyperlink in our present notes over on so folks can discover it actually, actually simply. We’re nearing the tip of our time. Dr. Batman. My last query is to form of summarize this all up. What particular suggestions do you may have for folks adapting to this new time of uncertainty to get us by means of the subsequent a number of weeks and and probably a number of months?

Dr. David Batman: I do know folks really feel anxious and fearful on a regular basis. However I say to everyone, once you have a look at folks strolling round, folks have gotten this public face the place everyone on the floor, it’s a bit like a swan glides over the floor, however the ft are paddling like mad beneath. We’re all collectively. This is likely one of the few issues the world over which is definitely bringing folks collectively. We’re all feeling the identical approach. We’re all feeling screwed up this time. We’re most likely not sleeping effectively. We’re anxious. We don’t know what the longer term holds for ourselves and our households. Don’t be afraid. Ninety p.c of you’re going to undergo this and you will have a gentle sickness to a reasonable sickness. You’re going to come back by means of this. There isn’t any remedy. You’ve simply received to undergo it. We are going to get a vaccine. It’s most likely a yr out earlier than we’re going to get that vaccine. There’s no medicine in the meanwhile. Some might come alongside. A very powerful factor is hearken to what the general public well being persons are telling us. Social isolation. Distance your self. Break these contacts from one particular person to the opposite. Six ft is an effective distance. The isolation that we’re going to place folks into, the closing of faculties and workplaces, and many others., is significant. Please hearken to what the medics are saying. Hearken to what our public well being is saying. These are so important. There isn’t any magic remedy that may make a distinction. You as people could make a distinction not solely to your self. Your loved ones, your neighborhood, your nation, your nation wants you. It’s been stated earlier than, however we’d like all to come back collectively collectively by particular person actions as a result of no person can do it for us.

Gabe Howard: And naturally, I simply wish to echo what you stated there, that we’re all on this collectively and that we’ll get by means of this collectively and that it actually simply is just a matter of hunkering down and ready it out and remembering that it’s at some point at a time and we are going to all get there collectively.

Dr. David Batman: I completely agree, Gabe. It’s been an actual pleasure to have the ability to really come on in and speak to your self and speak to your listeners, and hopefully we are going to take away a few of that nervousness, that concern. 

Gabe Howard: I can not agree extra, Dr. Batman, and thanks for being right here and thanks to our listeners for being right here. I do know it is a time of uncertainty, so I hope that one can find the data that you’ll find on very, very helpful. There are many different sources which you could try. Simply head over to and also you’ll see all of it there. And keep in mind, wherever you downloaded the present, we’d such as you to subscribe. We’d such as you to charge, rank, and evaluate. And keep in mind, you may get one week of free, handy, inexpensive, non-public on-line counseling anytime, wherever, just by visiting We are going to see everyone subsequent week. Please keep effectively.

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