How to Tackle Anxiety and Depression During COVID-19?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 16:02
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The global lockdown is taking a toll on mental health. Loneliness is one of the feelings that are being experienced during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has brought about change across the board in people’s lives; from jobs, to relationships, financial stability and health. since global coronavirus pandemic leading to people being confined to their homes and the global uncertainty or what is happening cannot be changed, changing the personal certainty of what we can do in a day is more possible.

Long-term loneliness is associated with an increased risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and increased stress. The impact of long-term loneliness on mental health can be very hard to manage. In order to stay motivated while there are little to do indoors, creating new habits during these testing times can be helpful to feel happier.

In a press briefing on March 26, 2020, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) discussed the challenges that the world is facing in terms of mental and psychological health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, stated that, “it is absolutely natural for each of us to feel stress, anxiety, fear, and loneliness during this time. At [the] WHO, we consider [effects on] our mental health [and] psychological well-being as being very important consequences of COVID-19.”

Taking advantage of the local gyms and trainers doing online fitness classes, setting up a regular group chat with family or friends to stay in touch, practicing gratefulness every day instead of focusing on all the negatives of this situation and smiling, which releases dopamine, serotonin and endorphins are some strategies to ease stress, anxiety and depression during the pandemic.

On the other hand, interior designers and therapists alike believe home design influences your well-being and emotions, and can even exacerbate your anxiety and stress levels. Creating a peaceful living space is a great first step toward preventing and managing stressful emotions.

For children, parents can help them manage their stress through talking to them about COVID-19 (stick to the facts), doing some sort of physical activity (yoga/ exercising), taking breaks from watching, reading or listening to news about the pandemic and staying healthy; eating well balanced meals, getting plenty of sleep and don’t forget to take deep breaths.

Parents also can support their younger children by creating a routine; ensuring children get up and go to bed at the same time, setting timetable physical activities as well as nature related, using recommended nursery/school programs (Maths, phonics and literacy), reinforcing designated break, nap and snack times and downloading educational games that will help support your child’s development (manage their time on Ipads/ phones).

At times like this, certain mindfulness activities in which you engage in the present moment can help you reduce anxiety or any emotionally overwhelmed state of being. Taking care of your mental health is part of staying healthy, and staying healthy is one of the most important things you can do during the coronavirus pandemic.

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