Due to coronavirus, millions of people around the world are, understandably, reporting high levels of worry and stress. There are many things going on that could cause us to feel distressed and anxious such as bereavement, job insecurity, financial concerns, stressful home lives, and general life uncertainty.
The Mental Health Effects
One thing that will undoubtedly affect us all is the ever-changing messages of regional lockdown, social distancing, the wearing of masks and the recent news of family gatherings being restricted to 6 people, leaving many people with low mood and anxiety.
People are naturally hardwired to be sociable beings, and these latest rules may pose challenges to the mental health of many. Being around our loved ones is inherently enjoyable, can allow us to take our mind away from stress, and is generally good for our sense of wellbeing.
Isolation and loneliness have repeatedly been shown to be detrimental to physical and mental health. Feelings of loneliness may also currently be exacerbated for people who live alone, have challenging home lives, or lack the technology that allows for online catch-ups.
The Current Importance Of Mental Health
The extent to which coronavirus has impacted, and will impact, on mental health is not yet fully apparent. It may take many months, or even years, for the true effects to be discovered.
It is vital for us all to monitor how we are feeling and take the right steps to look after ourselves. Ultimately, we must all recognise the potential impact that coronavirus may have on our mental health and take steps to protect our wellbeing. Mental health is something that can affect us all, and we should take it seriously at the moment. If you are feeling distressed, talk to someone about it.”
If you need emotional support, you can contact The Samaritans at any time by calling 116 123.