COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH

COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH

No doubt, in years to come, the pages of history books will bear witness of the pandemic, the unpalatable fate that caught many nations off guard as it metamorphosed into a reality. To allow posterity journey back in time to grasp how the pandemic wreaked havoc on humans and economies and compelled humanity to live unconventionally while it dictated the tempo of the world, legibly will its tale be told in writings to future generations. The infinitesimal devil, which the world fought in unity, is none other than the organism with the household name ‘coronavirus’. It accurately found the Achilles heel of many nations and brought them to their knees.

Though the virus began to spread slowly, in a few months its wind of fame had blown across the globe, and it wreaked havoc at will. This prompted a heightened commitment to researching the virus; the outcome birthed measures to cripple its dissemination operations. However, these measures knowingly or inadvertently tested the mental health of everyone. Sadly, little was done to address this.

Yet, many articles on the pandemic flooded online sites daily. Lockdowns protocols were at some point enforced. People were compelled to stay in their homes. Many health-care centres were equally shut. However, the effect of these activities and the information put online on the mental well-being of the people, especially the youth, was, and is still being given little attention. Should this be? No. The time to make things right is now.

An enlightened mind knows fake news, the economic consequences of the pandemic, and what have you could trigger emotions that are not good for one’s mental health. These emotions could progress into more malicious mental-health problems like depression. Knowing this, how then can we ensure we don’t have a pandemic of mental health problems on our hands? The answers are supplied below.
1. Do something new: trying something novel and interesting is imbued with great potential to help ward off unhealthy thoughts that may harmfully affect mental well-being.
2. Reading: Getting immersed in the reading of books is also an effective way to evade falling victim to the deleterious effect of noxious emotions on mental health.
3. Feed on accurate facts: Get verified facts and information about anything from reliable sources only. This would also help shield the mind from panic and unnecessary agitations.
4. Connecting with friends: quality relationships are insulators against mental health shocks. He who finds a reliable friend finds a treasure.

 

In conclusion, the world is not battling the coronavirus pandemic alone. It is equally battling a potential pandemic of mental health issues, necessitating the need for earnest attention to be paid to the mental health of the people. The above suggestions could be employed by people to prevent COVID-19 from exerting undesirable effects on their mental health; else, the world might have more problems on its hands to deal with when it finally wins its battle against the ravaging virus.

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