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.
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.