How Has Covid-19 Pandemic Affected our Mental Health and How Can you Deal With It
In 2019, when all of us were living a “normal” life, none of us imagined even in our wildest dreams what 2020 has in store for us. Ever since the novel coronavirus pandemic hit us, everyone has struggled to cope with wearing masks, using sanitisers, and maintaining social distancing. Working people lost their jobs, children lost their schools, and we practically got stuck in a room. Amidst all this chaos, more than our physical health, our mental health suffered.
The feeling of loneliness and being isolated had a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, we started feeling more anxious than ever, sitting in our homes and video-calling our loved ones, our bosses and teammates as a part of the everlasting “work from home”.
Studies have shown that people who were already suffering from depression and anxiety, Covid-19 had a detrimental impact on their mental health and worsened the condition. Nationwide measures like lockdown, quarantine were taken to curb the spread of the virus, but these measures could only protect us from the impact that Covid-19 might have on our physical health, not from how it would affect our mental health.
Though everything is slowly coming back to the “old normal,” your mental health might need a lot of time to adjust to it.
How To Deal With Mental Health Issues During Covid-19?
- Take A Break From Social Media – Globalisation has changed the way we consume news. Today, our minds are filled with various kinds of information but sometimes, our mind is not ready to process all of it. If you feel very negative, the best thing would be to take a break from Social Media as it can really take a toll on your mental health.
- Write a Journal– The most difficult change we all had to face was not meeting our loved ones. The best way to cope with it is by writing a journal. You can write it daily or twice a week. Writing a journal will make your thoughts more organised and help you cope with anxiety.
- It’s Not Always Your Fault– Many things are happening around us, and we generally blame ourselves for all of that. You need to remind yourself that some things are beyond our control. Ignorance is indeed bliss!
- A Therapy Is Always Recommended – You must always remember that seeking help is a sign of strength and not weakness. If you are unable to deal with your mental health issues, then you must take the help of a therapist and remind yourself – “I am not alone.”