Covid-19 has resulted in a global pandemic and disturbed people’s lives for almost two years. It is not just a deadly virus that has spread disease but has also managed to cause feelings of fear in the community. With the increase in the spread of the virus, the primary functioning in people’s lives has halted. Schools closing down, offices shifting to work-from-home, restricted physical movement, confined in our homes, unable to meet people, all these experiences have affected the psychosocial aspect of our lives.
The pandemic has affected us physiologically, economically, psychologically, and socially. It has not just affected our bodies but harmed our minds. The increasing spread of covid-19 and its variants has created an atmosphere of stress and fear. It has increased the rate of problems in the population affecting a person’s thinking ability. Mental health has become a significant topic of discussion with the coming of Covid -19. Many people speak about their mental issues and bridge the gap seen earlier.
Psychological Issues Faced by People
With the rise and continuance of the effects of this pandemic, the incidence of psychological problems is on the rise.
People are feeling anxious even about day-to-day activities. They are worried about stepping out of the house, even in a critical situation. They are eager about what their future holds will they be able to survive this pandemic, as many have lost their jobs, cannot continue with their education, and dealing with the financial crises. It has added to their anxiety levels, making it more challenging to have a peaceful mindset.
2. Post-traumatic stress-
People suffer from the trauma that the virus has caused. People affected by the covid-19 or people who lost their loved ones experience traumas. Even in the coming years, we will see many people who will experience the same due to their hardships during the pandemic, causing a lot of traumatic life events.
As the people are confined to their homes- the four walls, they have been in a way isolated from the real world. It has caused feelings of loneliness, isolation, and even helplessness, resulting in people showing symptoms of depression. The increase in mortality rate has affected people to feel hopeless.
It has also been observed that many people are developing obsessive compulsive disorder due to the Covid-19. Their is increased hygiene awareness and use of sanitisers etc also has risen tremendously sometimes to the point of it being a disorder.
Essential tips for keeping mental health in check
One can follow some essential tips to keep their mental health in check. These include-
- Talking about feelings.
- Taking a good diet.
- Being active.
- Asking for help.
- Accepting one’s being.
- Engaging in activities you like.
- Writing positive notes to yourself.
- Routinely visiting mental health professionals.
Pandemic increased the importance of therapy. It had made therapy the new normal. With the coming of the different variants of covid-19, we should all keep ourselves calm and help ourselves step by step to keep ourselves whole and healthy.