Physical health is the forefront of our minds in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. But, understanding the effects of the COVID‐19 outbreak on the mental health of various populations are as important as understanding its clinical features, transmission patterns, and management. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear are triggering mental health conditions. Many people may be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety.
Improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
Quarantine and self‐isolation can most likely cause a negative impact on one's mental health. The separation from loved ones, loss of freedom, boredom, and uncertainty can cause a deterioration in an individual's mental health status. To overcome this, measures at the individual and societal levels are required.
Limit your news consumption
Limit yourself to one hour of news consumption per day, or one hour at night and in the morning. Setting limits ensures that you get the information you need without speculation or prolonged discussion about a topic that can be triggering to you.
Maintain a routine as best you can.
Even though overeating, oversleeping may tempt you to find relief during these hard times, in order to maintain your overall health try to stick to your regular sleep, school, meal, or work schedule.
Stay connected even when physically isolated
Make it a priority to stay in touch with friends and family. While social gatherings may not be possible due to the pandemic, make sure you’re connected to your friends and family through social network such as video chat. Face-to-face contact is like a “vitamin” for your mental health, reducing your risk of depression and helping ease stress and anxiety.
Take time out for activities you enjoy
Listening to music, taking some time to play with your pet, painting, drawing, cooking are few ways that can lift up your mood.
Staying active will help you release anxiety, relieve stress, and manage your mood. While gym and group classes may be out, you can still do workouts at home and go for a walk or do indoor exercises to keep yourself active.
Ask for help if you need it
Isolation has the tendency to increase feelings of loneliness, depression or anxiety. While you can do things to help keep these feelings to yourself, it doesn’t always mean that you have to do it alone. If loneliness, depression or anxiety has you feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking
They may offer a temporary relief but they will have grave consequences on your physical and psychological health. They will also weaken your immunity.
Good mental health is absolutely fundamental to overall health and well-being!
Hence, during this pandemic, keeping a positive approach, effective communication strategies and understanding the problem statement, will help in dealing with the mental health issues faced.