MENTAL WELL BEING AND COVID-19

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MENTAL WELL BEING AND COVID-19

MENTAL WELL BEING AND COVID-19

Corona virus disease (COVID-19), the highly infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome has had a dreadful effect on health and mental well being of the world, resulting in 2.9 million deaths worldwide. This COVID-19 was declared as a global pandemic. It has shattered the world’s health and economy. On account of frequent lockdowns people lost their livelihood and this has played a mental havoc on the well being of the people. World has endured the first and second waves of the pandemic and the outbreak of the third wave in a few weeks from now is frightening and a matter of concern. The impact it would have on the health and mental being of the public is unknown. In spite of the global vaccination drive and the development of the variant it can threaten and overturn the lives of the general public worldwide.

LET US SEE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH:

  1. Prior to COVID-19 the mental health was not very strong, added to that the loss of health and economy increased the levels of depression and anxiety of the people.
  2. Mental health is an international public health priority as it is going to be a long lasting one.
  3. The mental health problems range from suicide, attempting to harm oneself, depression, anxiety, defeat and loneliness.
  4. Though levels of anxiety and defeat have decreased whereas levels of depression and loneliness have not changed.
  5. Comparatively among women, youngsters, socially and economically backward society mental health problems continue to exist.
  6. Uncertainties in life fear and added to it the outbreak of the virus and lockdowns has increased the mental well being of the people worldwide.
  7. Though psychological support is being provided to patients and health workers, the general public’s mental health is a major concern and requires attention.
  8. Through this challenging time there is an urgent need to pay attention to public mental health and adopt measures and help people to face and overcome their problems.
  9. It is said most of the deaths occurred were among the people who suffered from diabetes, hypertension and other heart diseases, but still the causes remain unknown.
  10. Even psychiatric illness- patients suffered from external stress, from social isolation which was associated with the pandemic.

PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST MENTAL PROBLEMS:

  1. Timely updated information of COVID-19 health information from concerned authorities has decreased the levels of anxiety, stress and depression symptoms.
  2. Actively carrying out the precautionary measures that lowered the infection like frequently washing hands, wearing a mask and social distancing has also helped.
  3. Individuals with a positive mind set to cope with the situation is also another factor of mental health well being.
  4. People who had the support of the family and had proper time to rest during this pandemic had lower stress levels.
  5. Regional differences during this time should reduce for the mental health well being of the people.
  6. It’s necessary to have a strong national economy, government should be prepared to handle the situation and availability of medical supplies is also needed.
  7. Symptoms of anxiety and psychological depression were seen in individuals and the quarantine and unexpected unemployment in the beginning of the outbreak of the pandemic has reduced as people have learnt to safeguard themselves to a certain extent.
  8. Protected measures must be extended also to people in the age group of 40 years, ladies and those suffering from chronic psychiatric illness.
  9. Government must strictly prevent the false information and panic from rumors created by the news reports, for people’s mental health well being.
  10. Preventive measures should be updated by health authorities to reassure people who are afraid of being infected.
  11. Mental health services should be given to individuals and to people who reside in rural areas, in the form of online consultation.
  12. For people’s mental health well being financial support and new employment opportunities can be provided to those who have lost their jobs owing to the pandemic.
  13. If government can provide financial support, housing support and first aid to the individuals, this can help for the suicidal tendency to stop.
  14. Individuals can also help in the mental health well being by taking initiatives to relieve symptoms of psychological distress.
  15. It has been seen that taking a healthy diet and exercising regularly have prevented the symptoms of stress or depression.
  16. Keeping in touch with family and friends by phone calls and video calls during quarantine has also reduced distress from social isolation.

A FEW MENTAL HEALTH POINTS TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THE PANDEMIC:

  1. Sleep well for at least 7 hours, have a good diet.
  2. Mental health well being and maintaining physical health is very important.
  3. Limit your reading of the news paper and social media only to update you with latest developments and don’t concentrate on bad news—about the pandemic for hours that will not calm down your negative thoughts.
  4. Limit the use of technology and divert your mind and look for other activities that can make you feel happy and comfortable.
  5. As you are at home try new hobbies or do things that you have never done before.
  6. Watch TV serials and movies that you have never watched before, read books you never read and paint or anything you want to do to keep you busy and happy.
  7. Learn a new language, the best things one can do from home are plenty.
  8. During quarantine strengthen your ties with your family members.
  9. Plan fun activities together share your anxieties with your family and seek their help to relieve your stress.
  10. Be in regular touch with your other family members and friends not only for your peace, but also to find out about their well being.
  11. In spite of following all the measures for mental health well being and you still experience stress and anxiety then consult your doctor or a counselor.
  12. Remember that you are not alone facing the problems of the pandemic people all over the world are fighting the pandemic like you.
  13. People are always there to help so take help and give help to others through these difficult times.
  14. So take care of your mental health well being, follow the COVID-19 principles of Wearing a Mask, Observing social distancing and Washing your hands frequently and STAY SAFE.