Covid-19: Dealing With Mental Health

published on 25 June 2021
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The COVID-19 epidemic is undoubtedly one of humanity's deadliest disasters. This sickness has thrown families into disarray, destroyed individual plans, wreaked havoc on economies, and brought the entire world to a halt. Many people have perished as a result of the disease, and many more are still affected.  

The uncertainty engulfing humanity is resulting in fear and panic. It is no wonder that mental health issues are on the rise across the globe. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped more than half a year of our lives, canceling plans, upending livelihoods and causing feelings of grief, stress, and anxiety.” – Cedars.  

The death of a family member is a difficult experience. Many people have turned to alcohol to ease their grief following the death of a loved one. And, as you may be aware, this adds to the problem of instability. As a result of unresolved stress and sadness, a cycle of pain-infliction is perpetuated from person to person. 

In developing nations, the sight might be even more sorrowful. Imagine being stripped of your only source of income because factories have to close. To families that are barely surviving on a dollar a day, the results are disastrous. The stress that comes with job loss is devastating the lives of many people, especially in developing nations.  

According to polls conducted by UNICEF, stress, anxiety, and depression have characterized young people during this pandemic. Some young people have lost the zeal to live while others are grappling with fear about their future.      

People who have been infected with the virus also experience stress and anxiety because of family seclusion, financial hardship, and increased drug usage. “Experience of the disease, breakdown of social support and stigma are possible causes of short-term mental health problems.” – Dove press

Mental health challenges manifest in different forms. These include; substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorders, depression, and even suicide. So while the world is battling this pandemic, ensuring management of mental health is of utmost importance.  

Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control on how you can manage your mental health through this pandemic. 

  • Take breaks away from the news. It is good to stay updated about the pandemic. However, being constantly bombarded by negative news updates will affect your mental health. So try to take breaks from reading, watching, or listening to the news. You could even consider disconnecting from your phone several times a day. It will help you refuel with positivity and optimism.
  • Engage with family and friends. Staying alone and away from family only worsens your mental health. Usually, loved ones are the best support system we can ever have during public health challenges like this pandemic. While we continue to shelter in place, phone calls and zoom can help alleviate the loneliness and anxiety. 
  • Do something purposeful.  Mental health difficulties are exacerbated by the sensation of being useless. So, as you navigate your life during this pandemic, you might want to consider doing community service, like as volunteering. This act of selflessness will remind you of your worth as a person. Volunteering will also assist you in realizing that your circumstances may not be the worst in the world. 
  • Good physical health. Exercising is a great way to start. Remember that physical exercise does not only boost your immunity but boosts your confidence too. You can even decide to have your daily exercise as a family. It will make it more enjoyable. Also, make sure that you eat healthily and have enough sleep every day. All these will contribute to your sanity in these uncertain times. 
  • Make time for yourself. Self-care will help you develop the energy to look out for other people. So make sure to find time for self-love. Find time to do things that you love and things that build you. Remember that you cannot be of much help if your confidence levels are low. Self-care results in high self-esteem and confidence as you seek to help others.  

While the pandemic has managed to put the entire world at a stand-still, we can still fight through it. But to do this, we need to look out for one another.  

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