Covid-19, one of the uprising issues of the world. Particularly broke out in China’s city Wuhan on October’19spread among 165 countries leading a major reason for increased death tolls,financial crises and instabilities among people.Frequent dry coughs,shortness in breathe,tiredness are reported symptoms of Covid-19.The best treatment untill now is to isolate ourselves.Covid-19 has caused physical illness but does it causes mental illnesses too?
Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation most frequently used term:
Generally social distancing is the way to keep people away from interacting too closely.While practicing social distancing, you are avoiding huge gatherings, touching public places or having any sort of tactile communications. Similarly “Quarantine” is ascribed to those masses who are suffering through this as they are told to restrict their movements and separate themselves from those who are safe.
Lastly, Isolation, a term used in COVID-19 to prevent the spread of infectious disease by separating people who are sick. Self-isolation can be used for general masses as they are practicing isolation as a precautionary measure from this outbreak. It is necessary to use proper terms because these terms have a major impact on our minds. Our mind starts to process our moods according to words we ascribe ourselves with. Hence know that we are practicing social distancing and self-isolation only!
COVID-19 and Mental Health:
- Coronavirus is affecting the al healths of people in terms of fear. The fear of being ignored by the public, the fear of catching the disease again.
- Post-traumatic-stress disorder i.e. flashbacks of this disease, nightmares, as people who suffered through this, will have this virus in their conscious and subconscious minds
- Also people who isolate themselves are more likely to suffer from detachment issues and develop social anxieties.
- Extroverts are suffering from frequent mood disorders as they are not able to move around, go outside their homes or talk enough. Since extroverts have this ability to enjoy most when surrounded by a bigger company.
- This virus has affected the sleep cycle of adults, as they are more prone to it as well as the teenagers who spent hours watching Netflix. Disturbed sleep cycle means poor working ability during the day, lower physical movements and greater instabilities.
- COVID-19 has resulted in increased levels of anxiety and stress among people because they are too overwhelmed by the news channels. Since most of the news channels are exaggerating the situations too. Know that for authentic resources check only WHO site.
- COVID-19 has resulted in impaired executive functions of mind i.e. difficulty in focusing and managing emotions. Especially the ic who are taking online classes or working from home. Their minds aren’t able to focus on things at a time because it’s too preoccupied with the fear, anxiety for the current situations.
- Having no control over the situation is resulting in frequent irritation, anger and frustrations that people seem projecting on one another.
- COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of the public because of stigmatization and negative judgments of the society for them.
- Another huge risk of mental illness related to this virus is the greater chances of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) People are seen washing, sanitizing their hands often now even after this virus is over people will develop a general fear of not shaking hands or standing close enough to each other. They will avoid holding public doors, gathering excessively and using each other’s accessories.
How to keep up with your mental health during COVID-19?
- Pray, as this is the best thing you can do these days, there are no excuses for the busy routines now. Utilize this time for praying.
- Establish daily routines: Make a proper schedule of your daily tasks either on a calendar or personal diary and follow it regularly. This will not only give your mind a daily goal but also keep you motivated to complete your tasks daily.
- Be more active; set up a daily workout routine. Exhaust your body as this is the best time to remove toxins and refresh your body.
- Communicate with your friends. Connect through social sites, FaceTime, video calls, skype and various other platforms can always work best during these times.
- Make your own self-care routine that can include either practicing your favorite hair-care routine daily, skincare, healthy diet.
- Pursue a habit, or develop one. This is the best time when you can develop different habits and see which suits you.
- Start practicing reading books, this will not only give you a knowledge but trust me it’s going to become your favorite time pass!
- If you have a garden, start gardening. It’s going to inculcate so much positivity in you and you’ll see taking care of people in the way you took of your plant.
- Teach yourself, pick out a topic you’d like to know, research, gain knowledge, and explore.
- Dress up daily, no matter if you have to stay back at your home,Get dressed daily. This will uplift your whole mood and you’ll see yourself motivated to complete your tasks assigned.
- For the Anxiety and Fear of COVID- Don’t watch the news. This makes a person so overwhelmed. Avoid news as much as you can or set an hour to see the latest situations. Otherwise prefer seeing WHO website.
- For Extroverts, know that everyone’s in this together. If you are tired of your daily routines, talk to your friends, walk for an hour. Start playing indoor games like badminton or tennis.
Before COVID-19 leaves a major effect on your mental health start practicing these activates daily. Stay safe, stay Home.