MENTAL HEALTH IS THE OTHER GREAT CONSEQUENCE OF THE PANDEMIC
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Anguish, and Fear are some of the psychological problems that are coming to the consultations of psychologists and psychiatrists as a result of emotional wear and tear and the changing situation that force the population to continually test themselves.
Loss of routines, plans, as well as greater family life or, conversely, greater loneliness, are the main causes that have led to the emergence or aggravation of pre-pandemic psychological problems.
“It is as if the situation derived from COVID-19 has revealed existing psychological problems, but largely ignored. Many people with a tendency to become depressed before the pandemic now suffer from true depression. Many of those who used to be frequently anxious now have anxiety or panic attacks. Failed forms of emotional management give rise to very disorganized, chaotic, confused or impulsive behaviors ”, he says. Carolina Álvarez Sicilia, Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, member of Top Doctors.
These types of pathologies have direct consequences on behavior or individual routines, and, for example, sleep and its quality have been altered. In fact, up to 4 out of 10 people surveyed claim to sleep much worse and with disturbed and restless dreams due to lack of peace.
For the WHO, “as countries have been implementing measures to restrict movements in order to reduce the number of infections by the COVID-19 virus, more and more people are radically changing our daily routine.”
“The new realities of teleworking, temporary unemployment, home schooling and lack of physical contact with family, friends and colleagues require time to get used to. Adapting to these changes in lifestyle and facing the fear of contracting COVID- 19 already caring for the most vulnerable close people is difficult, and can be especially hard for people with mental health disorders. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to take care of our mental health and help others who may need more support and care “.
–Stay informed. Listen to the advice and recommendations of national and local authorities. Use reliable information sources.
–Follow a routine. Stick to your daily routines as much as possible or establish new routines.
-Get up and go to bed at a similar time every day.
-Don’t neglect your personal hygiene.
-Take healthy foods at fixed times.
–Workout on a regular basis.
-Establish hours to work and to rest.
-Make time to do things you like.
-Reduce exposure to news. Try to limit how often you watch, read, or listen to news that causes you worry or stress. Get the latest news at a certain time, once or twice a day if necessary.
-Social contact is important. If your movements are restricted, maintain regular contact with those around you for phone or internet.
–Avoid alcohol and drugs.
–Control screen time.
–Don’t abuse video games.
–Use social media properly.
–Support healthcare professionals.