The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most hard-hitting adversities the world has ever faced. Nations all around the world are in complete lockdown which has resulted in an increase of the stress and anxiety quotient of people, with an understandable increase in difficulty for people with pre-existing mental health conditions. Countries like India and The USA have seen a considerable increase in depression, almost triple in number.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MENTAL HEALTH.
Mental health conditions are one of the many repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is normal for people to stress the fact that there is a virus out in the world that is highly contagious and threatens their lives. The constant fear of being COVID positive is highly stressful and induces anxiety.
Mental health conditions are as common as a cold. Yet, in today’s time and era, it has gained more focus upon itself and people are actively taking it as seriously as it should be taken. People are in lockdowns with families where the members might have toxic traits and may trigger conditions that were dormant, to an active state.
It is advised for people to seek immediate medical and psychiatric attention when they match the deteriorating mental health checklist and feel a need for help. However, it is equally important to make some changes in the lifestyle, especially at times like this, in order to avoid mental health conditions.
Here are some tips that might help.
1. DEVELOP A ROUTINE.
Maintaining a proper routine in the lockdown might be hard but it is equally important. Make a proper routine for yourself. Set a bed and wake up time and abide by it. Include physical activities in your routine. Include your hobbies and hone your craft. Making and following routines bring a sense of control in day-to-day life.
2. CONTROL NEWSFEED.
Watching news constantly tends to make people anxious, given the quality and type of news that may trigger people. Set one time to catch up with the entire days’ worth of news. Do not constantly follow up if it distresses you.
3. INCREASE SOCIALISATION.
Socialise more. Since most of the countries are still under lockdown, it is not necessary to meet people in order to socialise. It is preferable to be in contact through telephones and social media.
4. REGULATE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA.
Follow pages that spread positivity along with making your own handle a page that creates positive content. Regulate your social media and be sure to include pages that do not put you in any kind of distress.
5. ALWAYS BE INFORMED.
One of the best ways to avoid stressful situations is to be in the loop and be informed. Follow the advice and recommendations of your government and local authorities. Follow up on situations and take proper safety measures in accordance with it.
Following a healthy lifestyle, alcohol and caffeine control along with proper nutrition has also proven effective in creating better mental conditions.
Mental Health conditions are caused by stressful situations with the inclusion of other factors. However, they can be treated and avoided accordingly. By the following advice and seeking help, even these stressful conditions pass.