COVID19 is not less than any test for us. A test for our patience, dreams, plans and above all, our mental health. Many of us are unsure whether we’ll make through this pandemic or not. Even if we do, it is going to be a hard time for us all to recover from the mental trauma or pandemic depression. Scroll down to find some useful tips to cope up with pandemic depression if this pandemic has challenged your mental health as well.
Pandemics Are Stressful
Fear and anxiety that COVID19 has bought us can be uncontrollable, overwhelming, upsetting and can cause strong emotions in adults and children. The precautionary health actions, such as social distancing, staying away from their friends and loved ones can make people feel isolated and lonely. This can possibly become the main cause of an increase in stress, anxiety and pandemic depression.
Why Some People React More Than Others?
Every person has their own way to react towards every situation. How you respond, can depend on your mental health, your social support, financial situation and many other factors.
These are the reason why some people have more strong reactions than others.
- The ones who are at a higher risk to catch COVID19, i.e people with underlying issues and old people.
- Children and Teens.
- Frontline workers, i.e doctors, nurses, paramedic staff and others.
- People with existing mental health conditions.
- The ones who lost their jobs or had other major changes to their employment.
- Who are socially isolated from friends and family, i.e the ones who live alone.
- Homeless people.
How Can We Cope Up With It?
Even if we are practising social distancing, there are many things that can still be done. You can still maintain social connections that can help stabilise your mental health. The best way is virtual communication i.e group calls with friends and family, this can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated.
Know Your Triggers
If something is triggering your mental health, the first thing is to identify it and secondly contact a psychologist as soon as you can before you start any self-treatment during this time.
You Should Know Where To Get Treatment From
If you are not doing well, are ill or having any emergency health issue, keep a note of who to call immediately if you need help. In this case, you can call Marham.pk at 03111222398 to book yourself an online consultation from a doctor immediately.
Take Care Of Your Emotional Health
The most important thing is to keep your mind rested and calm, be kind to it. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think and react clearly towards emergency situations and also if you are panicking.
Do Not Watch TV All The Time
Stop for a while, give a break to yourself from social media, tv and other platforms. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Taking Care Of Your Body Should Be The First Priority
- Workout, stretch or meditate.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Go out for a walk in the fresh air. But do not forget the precautionary measures.
Share Your Situation With Your Closed Ones
Talk to the people you trust about your mental health. Explain to them how you feel, what upsets you and what makes you feel better. Talking to them can help as a treatment to your existing stress buildup.
Take Help From Marham
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Javeria Adil Chughtai
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