CORONA VIRUS AND MENTAL HEALTH

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“No darkness lasts forever”

It is unequivocal and indubitable that this pandemic has led to a near total disruption of our social fabric. Global economics have been all but paralyzed. Under these circumstances, one can imagine the psychological toll is significant.

While there is no doubt that COVID-19 is causing significant psychological and mental stress. Covid-19 has caused an exceptional inconvenience for the humankind. The most common emotion faced by all is Fear. It makes us anxious, panicky and can even possibly make us think, say or do things that we might not consider appropriate under normal circumstances.

Anxiety

The world is uneasy

We don’t know when we’ll get out of quarantine

High school seniors don’t know if they’ll walk the stage

Juniors don’t know if they’ll get a prom

Exchange students having to be sent back 3 months early

Elderly even more isolated than they were before

Depression runs rampant through the world

People using their own forms of coping

Reading, writing, painting, sleeping

School doesn’t help with the anxiety or depression

Piling on work each week, more and more

ADD doesn’t help our situation, we certain cannot focus with this many distractions

It feels like everything is caving in and there’s nothing anyone can do about it

As the anxiety grows and spreads, the Covid-19 declines

How far will we have to get dragged down as a human race before this virus gets eliminated?

Apart from having such predicaments, we still have a ray of hope.

Among many, family is one such ray of hope or rather say the only vital resource… and being in close touch with one relatives, in real life or virtually via social media or the internet, alleviates stress considerably.

In fact, the extended time spent with family members, free of the stress of normal working and school days, may well have strengthened family bonds and restored balance to life, leading to an actual improvement in the quality of life during the pandemic.

If you are anxious that all have been asked to stay home

Take comfort in knowing you’re not alone

Tonight at eight wherever you are

Gaze up at the sky and pick out a star

A moment alone or with people you love

We all share the beautiful sky high above

Take 30 seconds but still in your mind

Reflect on a happy most memorable time

The littlest things can give hearts a lift

if we pause take a moment and cherish our gifts

  • Teresa Thompson

It is normal to feel fearful and anxious during this time. Talking about your feelings will lessen you distress.

It is important for us to continue looking after our physical and mental health. This will not only help us in the long-term, but, it will also help us to fight Covid-19.

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