The pandemic is a very stressful ordeal. How can we keep our mental health in check amid this sudden shift to normalcy? Read on to find out.
According to studies, the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of people of all ages. The pandemic is one of the most life-changing events in this new millennium. In just one year, it has trumped decades’ worth of technological buildup. In a time when people feel most alone because of social media, the pandemic has cornered most people inside their own homes.
With no one else to tend for them, mental health has steadily declined for everyone — no matter what age groups they are in. People living in most countries are experiencing all kinds of extreme build-up of the problems caused by COVID 19. The anxiety-inducing virus is causing cases of mental health to spike up as well. It is no surprise that depression is on the rise. Aside from depression, anxiety is also known to be creeping up the alley of mental health problems.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that it will be extremely difficult to move out even after the pandemic ends (if it ever ends). Just like the previous global viruses we have had, it is predicted that the coronavirus will not end even after everyone gets inoculated. Similar to the strains we had for measles, continuous vaccination will be necessary to completely eradicate the severe effects of the virus.
A lot of the protocols we now have in place are predicted to still be there in the next few years. The high-risk population must continue to be careful in the upcoming days. The virus is so deadly that most of the fatalities are coming from the most vulnerable age groups.
Doing the usual activities we did pre-pandemic will be difficult. None of those will be normal again even after a few years. How will we deal with it even after we’ve all been vaccinated? How can one maintain mental fitness even with all the stressors?
Socializing is The Cure
Everyone is like a prisoner. We are under lock and key during the entire duration of the pandemic. While we may not lack any kind of goods or supplies, the thing we lack the most is socializing. Man is not an island. We all need some form of socializing in order to function as normal human beings. Without human interaction, we are bound to become crazy.
According to multiple studies, humans need other humans to survive. Socializing is important to keep our sanity and mental health in check. Even after becoming inoculated, we should regain back all the time we lost in isolation by spending time and company amongst the people we love. We all miss the presence of others. Socializing with them is the ultimate cure for this year-long suffering.
Confidence is Key
A lot of people deal with losing confidence differently. Some go to extreme lengths just to get their flair back. For example, some do extreme workouts to go get their figure back. Some go under the knife and lend their trust to a reliable plastic surgeon to correct their insecurities. Confidence is necessary to go out and try to regain the life that was stolen from us by the pandemic.
Millions of people are suffering from lacking the necessary confidence and stamina to go back out again. Even when vaccinated, it is still pretty dangerous to go outside. Even when inoculated, the chances of actually getting the virus are still there. While you may not experience the horrible symptoms, you still have the capacity to transmit them to vulnerable relatives and friends.
aving the confidence to go out goes hand in hand with the ability to keep yourself protected still. The world is your oyster, even if a world that is virus-ridden. Don’t let the pandemic keep you down and insecure.
Having a resident therapist to consult whenever you are feeling anxious about going back to the outside is absolutely necessary. Anxiety cannot be separated from the uncertainty of going back outside. The world does not know when and where the virus will stop. All we have are regulations and predictions on how everything will end.
There are also no certain things about the future of the economy. While we struggle to grasp the gravity of the situation, we might need a professional to bring ourselves back to reality. Our minds are too preoccupied with present problems and a worrisome future. Sometimes, it can be too much to handle. To get a grip on our stressors, it is advisable to connect with a professional to keep ourselves sane. A therapist is not off the table when it comes to handling our mental demons.
Now that the world is opening back up, we must not be a stranger to going out. Even if we have spent most of the past few months inside our own homes, heading out shouldn’t be unnatural. Keeping our mental health in check is necessary for this sudden change.