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Mental Health During The Pandemic One Year On

By ChemistsWorld On 25 May 2021

The pandemic has made one empty seat in many homes across the globe because of the loss of loved ones that the rest have to cope with mental distress. Apart from killing millions, the deadly corona-virus has made mental health an issue, with many living with the fear of isolation and infection. With the start of the second year, mental health continues to take a hit globally. Though there are silver linings like slowing down, re-evaluating priorities, spending time with family and hobbies, there are many mental worries for the people to handle even after one year of the pandemic. Hence, it is essential to check on the pandemic’s mental impact to find out ways to solve them.

The Emotional Impact of The Pandemic

The novel virus unable to see even with the naked eye has killed millions and caused emotional exhaustion to billions of people. It has also infected over one-seventh of the world population, leaving many to live with the trauma. Studies confirm many such significant events as the 9/11 New York terrorist attack have left many people with psychological distress for years. Hence the pandemic, which has caused multiple times the loss of any such attack in recent times, will have its mental health repercussions for a long time.

Mental Health Impacts Because of The Pandemic

While even the wild animals were roaming free, humans were locked in their houses for most of the last year. It has caused many mental health impacts apart from health, financial and occupational issues to culminate in the following, among other effects that need immediate redress.

Isolation

Many people find it hard to be in isolation, with many restrictions continuing because of the many waves of the COVID-19 virus infections. The travel bans, restricted socializing, inability to go to the gym, park, beach, and other recreation places have caused many mental issues to people as we all are social beings.

Anxiety

Many people worldwide are anxious about isolation or infection and hence are prone to many anxiety disorders. Joblessness adds salt to the wound and causes many people to sit idle at home with nothing to do but only worry. Hence, anxiety is one of the significant mental impacts and causes many physical effects as it leads to many chronic diseases.

Stress

Financial constraints, and hopelessness without a job or future, cause a lot of stress among many people globally. Not taking care of the family needs without a job or losing one causes many people to lose their mental and physical health.

Depression

Losing loved ones to the pandemic has pushed many people into a depression to not come out of it even after one year. The pain of the loss that occurred so suddenly cannot help many seek alternative remedies like substance abuse to increase depression.

Advantages of the pandemic

With a lot of mental health impacts during the pandemic, there are also a few advantages. People could slow down from their hectic schedules to take time to think about their real priorities. They also had enough time to spend with families and friends to strengthen the bond and spend time for hobbies. Though work at home causes many disadvantages, there are also many advantages of working at their own pace, not being subjected to office stress, and the tiresome journey to and from that causes a lot of mental and physical tiredness.

The solution to the many mental health impacts mentioned above and more is only to be aware of the situation and follow all the new normal restrictions, strictly even in this second year. Also, regular exercises, proper food habits, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and others will help overcome these impacts and be ready for the new life post-pandemic.

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