Dr Tumi is a qualified medical doctor with 12 years’ experience. He has had a private practice in Polokwane, Limpopo, for almost 10 years after leaving the public health sector in 2011.
The 38-year-old singer has for years being outspoken about his struggles with being a high-functioning insomniac. He wakes up at around 6am every day and he’s out of the house by 8am to head to Tembisa Hospital.
He is one of the many private practice professionals who volunteered their services to public health during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Dr Tumi gives tips on how to manage your anxiety around COVID-19
1-Do not expose yourself unnecessarily
Limiting your movements gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you’re safe. Avoid touching any items or surfaces when you’re out.
2- Practise proper hygiene, and eat healthily
3- Never be complacent with washing or sanitising your hands. Drink a lot of water, and cut down on sugars and junk food.
5- Take care of your mental health. Don’t over analyse things
Instead, do things that nourish your soul – read a lot and listen to uplifting music. At the beginning of the lockdown, a lot of people were watching the doomsday film Contagion. I kept wondering why people were consuming content that instils fear in them because life still needs to carry on [chuckles]. Empower yourself with as much legitimate information as you can.
5- Pray hard
I believe that prayer brings us into a peaceful space. Knowing that there is a powerful force watching over me gives me great comfort. I personally trust that God will see us through this trying period.
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