Updated: Jul 21
The current Covid pandemic harms everybody’s lives. Everyone has something to suffer, be it physically, virtually, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically. Many of us are victims of the above areas and still coping up with ways to deal with them. Various problems can cause stress, depression, anxiety, and other strong emotions within us.
Talking about mental illness, reports say that 60% of individuals have faced/ are facing mental and emotional attacks due to the lasting effect of Covid 19. These mental illnesses can be tension and stress due to financial or family problems, loneliness, depression, anxiety, etc.
Why is it important to nurture your mental state during Covid 19?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, it is stated that every 1 out of 5 people has a mental illness and don't respond amid of Covid 19 pandemic. Due to this, there is considerable growth in suicides and death trolls. Even though you are safe from Covid, you may not be safe from being a victim of mental illness.
The above-listed reasons are so common that they may affect any ordinary person at any time. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are not alone. Whatever you face, whatever dreadful happens, giving up on life is not the solution for it. Talk with the people who think they are appropriate for you, listen to you, and help you come out of your problems. Compressing stress within you can cause the following-
Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry
Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
Headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
Worsening of chronic and mental health problems
Worsening of mental health conditions
Increased usage of tobacco, alcohol, and other toxic substances.
How to nurture your mental state during the distress of Covid 19?
We must regardlessly prevent situations that can avoid mental illness and stay far away from it. It can be done by engaging our souls thoroughly in daily activities. Never miss the opportunity to capture laughter and happiness. Let us look at some tips to nurture a mental state during the distress of Covid 19.
Stay away from virus
Prevention from mental health is exemplary, but what if actual Covid attacks on you? Hence, take necessary precautions like sanitizing, avoid going to crowded places, use masks, etc. Protecting yourself from coronavirus is an integral part of stress management as well.
Set limitations for social media
Social media has boosted its usage since the pandemic started. The daily trends and other things create such a bold impact on teenagers that they do not understand whether it is appropriate or inappropriate. Avoid following Covid updates often, which can have a negative effect.
Instead of showing sympathy for people in distress online, take out actual efforts to help and comfort them. A simple call regarding daily greetings can reassure and satisfy the person a lot. It is always a good idea to connect people online and make them believe in humanity.
Create a healthy routine for yourself
Always keep yourself busy so that you stay away from negative thoughts. Engage yourself in a healthy routine. Eat well, exercise daily, and give some time to your hobby, which will make the inner you active in a positive manner. Create a happy and positive environment for yourself.
Connect with communities and experts
Whenever you face any mental issues or see others suffering from it, normalize, seek help from social organizations and psychologists who will understand what is happening with you and ways to take you out of it. Mental illness is natural, and there is nothing abnormal about it.
Hence, the most common thing about mental illness is that people don’t talk about it. Talking to people you feel comfortable with will always benefit you. There are various myths about mental illness, but others should not decide what is right and wrong for you.
Become aware of being a victim and prevent yourself from falling into the trap. During this pandemic where thousands of people lose their loved ones, make sure that you become a pillar of support for them instead of being one of them.
“Anything human is mentionable, and anything mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”
— Fred Rogers
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