Mental Health During Pandemic.
By Abdul Rahman Mohammed
Mental Health During Pandemic is the topic of the day. The coronavirus has been impacting everybody, especially business owners. They are not currently able to make a move, and this can affect their mental health. Humans are social creatures. But if we want to stop the spread of Covid-19, we must do what we are biologically programmed to avoid.
Some important and main facts
Social distancing: we humans don’t have big claws, sharp teeth or hard shells; we’ve evolved to feel safe by sticking together. A few things can be more alarming to our systems than suddenly being alone; for instances, being deprived of food, feeling angry. But, being deprived of social connections makes us feel lonely.
Loneliness, just like hunger, is a warning signal reminding us that we are not supposed to be alone. It is causing us to form deeper connections; if we can not make deep social connections because we must be distancing socially due to a global pandemic, our bodies go into survival mode. We start producing more cortisol, a stress hormone that keeps us alert to threats.
Our bodies experience more overall inflammation, a way to prepare to heal any injuries we might get while out on our own without help. Our sleep becomes shallower so we can wake up to dangers in the night. These survival responses help us get through short threatening bursts of isolation. The longer we are lonely, the more these changes will occur on our cells and organs; that’s why perpetually lonely people are at higher risk for mental, physical and emotional problems.
How to avoid mental Health Issues during Pandemic.
Here are some tips to help reduce stress and protect your mental health during the Pandemic.
Maintain familiar routines as much as possible or create new ones.
Still, having a structure for your daily life at home brings a sense of normality and can be especially important for children. If you’re working from home, try to set boundaries for a better work/life balance. A good tip is to add your working hours to your calendar and take care of yourself to ensure you get adequate sleep. Eat well and engage in physical activity.
Take a media break.
Daily watching the latest news about Covid -19 can cause anyone to feel anxious and distrust. Instead, seek data from trusted sources at specific times of the day. Ideally, only once or twice.
Protect yourself and support others.
Shifting the focus to help others, whether it’s phoning neighbours to check in on them or helping a friend in need, can boost your mood and theirs.
Connect and share positivity.
Even in difficult situations like this, there are still good news stories and examples of hope and recovery in every community. Amplify these messages by sharing them with friends, family and colleagues.
Use strategies that have helped you relieve stress in the past.
You know yourself best and so think about what calms you and boosts your mood. Finding a way to exercise, connecting with friends make these activities a priority in your day.
Try to separate what’s in your control from what’s not.
Focus on the things you can do to help, such as washing your hands, staying at home, and checking in with your community rather than taking on worries you can’t solve.