Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health

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From children to adults, everyone has been through some trauma of their own as coronavirus spread worldwide. The crisis aggravated risk factors of poor mental health, financial insecurity, unemployment, and fear, while protective factors, such as social connection, employment, educational engagement, access to physical exercise, daily routines, and health services decreased dramatically. This has resulted in a dramatic and unprecedented deterioration of the population’s mental health.

According to the most recent estimates, one in seven adolescents aged 10 to 19 is diagnosed with a mental disorder. From March 2020 onwards, the manifestation of anxiety and depression amplified in the overall population. Periods with the maximum reported rates of mental distress were associated with periods of increasing COVID-19 deaths and isolation.

As countries began to introduce safety measures, various restrictions were imposed, exports and imports ceased, people were stuck in homes for months, traveling became limited, and mental health was heavily impacted.

Let’s look at the most prevalent factors that have worsened the mental health crisis during Covid-19.

Lack of Physical Activity

There’s no denying that physical exercise plays a vital role in keeping mental health in check. It improves a person’s quality of life, enhances happiness levels, reduces anxiety, and provides a distraction from stressors. However, with gyms closing down, the space and facilities for physical exercise are becoming fewer, which has led to serious mental health problems.

To cope with the ongoing stress and despair, you can engage in home-based exercises. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a gym routine, but yoga, balance, and flexibility training can do the same job. When on a call, try not to sit down and walk around your home to get a few steps in. Reduce time spent watching TV and playing games, but indulge in activities like walking, playing, and being bodily active.

Social Isolation

The pandemic has been stressful for every individual. The lockdowns and quarantine have confined everyone to their homes ever since. The longer the isolation, the worse the mental health. Being alone can sometimes be relaxing and rejuvenating, but social isolation can take a mental toll. The unwanted seclusion can be unhealthy and lead to various mental health problems, such as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and deep depression.

If you know someone who lives alone and doesn’t have access to social networking and digitalized devices to keep them busy, make sure you keep a check on their mental health. People who suffer from long-term social isolation without any connection to the outside world can develop depression and anxiety quicker.

Financial Insecurity

A major chunk of the population has been left unemployed, facing pay cuts, or has someone they know going through the loss of a job or temporary employment. Job insecurity is one of the most stressful experiences associated with negative feelings. With increased financial hardships, fear and stress take over, resulting in poor mental health.

But remember, there’s always a way out. Work towards finding online financial opportunities and try to change your saving habits. Create goals, educate yourself, take control, make a budget, and eventually, you’ll start winning and overcome your financial insecurity. All it takes is the first step.

Change in Lifestyle

Data shows that the population underwent significant personality and lifestyle transformations during COVID-19, which upended their daily lives. Coping with the fear of contracting the virus while also worrying about people close to you who are more unguarded is unavoidable, as a slight mistake can cause a loss of life. Living with this fear has made things a lot different, and it has been a cause of constant stress and tension.

From taking care of adults with lifelong illnesses to protecting your children from contracting the virus, and saving your business from going bankrupt, it has been a true struggle for every parent, working adult, and businessperson out there. But, taking care of your mental health is equally necessary for this situation. Therefore, make an appointment with your therapist and keep your mental health in check so you can tackle your other responsibilities.

On the positive side, now people are more motivated to make healthier life choices and adopt a healthier lifestyle routine. Social interactions have altered a lot. Meetings are online, and professionals are taking advantage of work-from-home opportunities.

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According to one survey held in the US, anxiety and depression skyrocketed in young adults, taking about 60% of the young adults into its malicious fold ever since the pandemic.

At Houston OCD Counseling, we can help with phobias, social anxiety, panic attacks, depression, health anxiety, and many other mental health problems. Please get in touch with us. We’re here to help. We’ll work together with you through your anxiety and help improve your health.

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