Coronavirus And Your Mental HealthAug 07, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the face of everyday life beyond all recognition. For weeks we have endured a strict lockdown. All against the backdrop of daily death tolls. People have been separated from their loved ones. Some haven’t even been able to attend funerals of those who have passed away. Many other plans such as weddings and get togethers have been cancelled too. Even a holiday abroad is currently out of the question.
Before covid-19 struck, many of us would have thought nothing of visiting relatives, going to a pub or even taking the kids to school. But now, the fear of catching a potentially deadly virus, social distancing and bleak news reports have taken their toll. Today’s post, I want to share my thoughts as a life coach and therapist on coronavirus and your mental health.
Coronavirus OCD, Anxiety, Stress & Depression
If you suffer from a mental health condition in regular life, then you may have found coronavirus has triggered your symptoms. Or, you could be experiencing a mental health condition for the first time. Everyone has suddenly had to change their routine, they fear about the health and safety of not just ourselves but our loved ones too. Plus, you may also be fearing financial pressures especially if you’ve been made redundant recently too.
As difficult as OCD, anxiety, stress, depression or any other mental health issue is to go through at the best of times. It’s still important you recognise it and seek help. Coping strategies could be as simple as making sure you get a good night’s sleep. Or speaking to your GP if your symptoms are particularly debilitating. Unfortunately, poor mental health is likely to be a side effect of the trauma, difficulty and restrictions many people have faced. So be sure to seek help if that’s you.
The Importance Of Staying Connected
Isolation because of the coronavirus restrictions has been felt far and wide. A recent government survey found that 2.6 million adults in the UK reported feeling “regularly” or “always” lonely. While loneliness was once something only associated with adults, it’s now affecting people of all ages including children – especially those who are an only child. The tough part is that due to the lockdown (and shielding of those who are vulnerable) we can’t meet up as before.
That’s why it’s so important to stay connected through other means as much as possible. Whether it’s a Zoom meeting with friends or a phone call with loved ones. There are also plenty of support helplines for those who don’t have a social network too. Once life gradually returns to normal, be sure to reach out too. While you might not be able to make plans for today, there will come a time when you can get back into social activities so try to stay positive as tough as it feels at the minute.
Set Daily Goals
If you are suddenly out of your normal routine, then you are bound to feel lethargic or even very frustrated. This is especially the case if you are used to going out to work every day, but you are now working from home or you’ve since lost your job. A top tip would be to try and create a sense of structure within your daily routine. For example, waking up at the same time each day and setting a list of daily goals to achieve by the end of the day.
While it might seem laborious at first, setting goals can give you a sense of achievement at the end of the day. It means you stay focused on the task at hand, which compared to watching daytime TV is a lot more productive, I promise you! Plus, you might even be able to get things done you’ve been putting off for a long time, such as de-cluttering rooms or sorting admin work out. The more you tick off, the less you will stress!
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If the effects of the coronavirus have left you struggling with your mental health, know that you are not alone. Most of us in some capacity or another is feeling it. We all have good days and down days, so try to take proactive steps as listed above if you recognise those signs in yourself. Remember, as tough as the lockdown has been it has undoubtedly protected many of us in the process. Better days are coming!
As a life coach and therapist, I may also be able to help you through virtual sessions that I am currently running. Available over Skype or Zoom, I help clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, chronic pain, personal development, removing trauma, phobias and much more. Please get in touch to arrange a session, or for help on anything mentioned above.