Physical health issues aren’t the only side effects of Covid-19. The isolation, fear of losing one’s job, not being able to visit your loved ones, and the fear of loss are some of the other mental burdens that came along with the pandemic. The mental health side effects of the virus itself are not any less harmful. Let’s take a look at how the pandemic has affected the lives of people around the world and how we can adapt to this new change.
Effects of Pandemic on Social Life
Stress is one of the most common side effects of Covid. People, especially those with mental health issues, are more exposed to anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic symptoms due to higher stress levels.
It’s not just the fear of contracting the virus but also being separated from your loved ones, feeling trapped, uncertain, and helpless. Studies found college students to be more prone to stress due to a decline in physical activity, socializing, and a halt to a normal life. People face difficulty in focusing, irritability, restlessness, and uneasiness with many other factors.
Job Insecurity & Mental Health During The Pandemic
With the pandemic, job security changed depending on the industry you work in. Many people lost jobs while others are in constant fear of job insecurity. This constant fear leads to anxiety and declining mental health. Additionally, the decreases in pays for working employees also caused a financial burden for many families. Research has found out that long periods of economic hardships lead to higher levels of psychological distress.
Studies have also found that the stress level of many people was mediated by protective factors like living in urban areas, living with parents, or the stable economic condition of the family. Some countries have received financial support from the government which has helped many families.
Loneliness & Isolation- How To Deal With it
Whether you’re isolating yourself after contracting the virus or in lockdown or choosing to stay indoors to keep you and your family safe, you are likely to feel lonely. Loneliness and decreased social interactions can really affect your mental health. The best way to deal with such time is to find something to distract yourself. Here are some ways to deal with loneliness and isolation:
- Spend some time exercising and taking care of your body.
- Learn a new skill or hobby. Make art, read books, watch movies, listen to music.
- Connect to others online or over the phone. Social media has removed some barriers in communication, though reach out to friends and have a conversation is best.
- Spend time on home chores. Reorganize your room, clean your home, redecorate your room.
- Take care of yourself. Have a nice long bath, watch your favorite shows, get some rest.
Adapting To Change and focusing on what you want and not on the fear of the pandemic
It might be challenging for some to focus on the positives when so many people are suffering. However, you are encouraged to not let the fear of the future eat away your present as well. No doubt, it is important to be cautious to keep yourself and your family safe. But don’t get trapped in fear of something that you can not control.
Focus on being grateful for whatever you have, and practice being mindful of what you think or say. Write down 5 things every day that you’re thankful for. Find ways to stay present and living in the moment. Yes, the world is changing, but with safety, self-care, and a positive outlook, we will all get through this together.
If you need help, you can get in touch with Linda and discuss different ways you can deal with this change in your life. Remember, you’re stronger than the thoughts inside your mind.