Coronavirus affects our mental health to a large extent. Our lives have been facing challenges in a lot of ways. Although it is necessary to stay away from public gatherings and maintain a safe distance from another person, it can be stressful to us.
People become stressed about getting sick. Staying aloof and isolated without any touch with the outer world is very overwhelming for mental health.
So, let us discuss how the COVID pandemic is affecting our minds.
Panic and Fear
We are constantly worrying about ourselves, our family and friends. Even if you stay safe from the virus, you feel stressed about the safety of your neighbours, friends and relatives. This leads to anxiety that affects the normal appetite, causes sleeping disorders and significantly deteriorates your overall health.
The panic of the pandemic and lockdown phase also leads to hoarding of groceries, medical supplies and unnecessary self-medication.
Disturbed Emotional Balance
While social distancing is necessary, it can make you feel alienated and unwanted in society. People living with corona-affected members in the family are the worst sufferers because everybody sees them as a threat.
To get help one can consult with Stress Management Counselling to cope with the mental stress of isolation.
The entire economy and financial system of the world took a heavy toll on the COVID pandemic. Every country is affected by the lockdown of the businesses and organisations that run a country’s economy. Thinking about job uncertainty and loss of financial security is a big burden to the mind that can lead to mental health problems.
Loss and Suffering
People who have experienced loss caused by the coronavirus of their near and dear ones can go under depression and prolonged anxiety. The grief of losing someone close to you is greater than losing a job and social isolation.
How to Improve Mental Health During COVID Pandemic?
- Try to avoid watching, reading or listening to news that are related to coronavirus and how the pandemic is affecting the world. Such news is upsetting and can lead you to depression. Limit your news time once a day. It is also advisable to avoid news altogether for some days and stay screen-free and relax.
- Try engaging yourself in activities that give you pleasure such as reading a book that you enjoy or cooking your favourite dishes. The Lockdown phase has given people an opportunity to utilize their free time in hobbies, online courses and lots more creative activities. So try to see this lockdown time as more than just isolation.
- Above all, take care of your body. Practise yoga or any other forms of physical training such as cardio, strength training. A 20 to 30 minutes workout will energize your body, keep you stress-free and will also benefit your overall health conditions. You can also talk to a wellness speaker for better health and mind care.
- One of the best ways to cope with mental stress due to coronavirus is consulting with a Meditation Therapist.
Coronavirus is not the end of the world, you can stay safe and in good health if you do not let it hamper your mind. Eat well, get vaccinated and unwind yourself.