COVID’S MENTAL IMPACT

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India Smith, Staff Writer

Scientific evidence has proven that the COVID-19 Virus has been detrimental to the health of many people all over the world; physical health not being the only type affected. The sudden shut down of the entire global community did not give the populace a chance to prepare their minds for the isolation the next couple of months were to hold. The world was in shambles. People did not know what to do with themselves, and everyone was going completely stir crazy. Nobody knew what the next day would bring or who it would take next, maybe a mother, a brother, a child; the odds were set against the people. This uncertainty led to a major spike in cases of anxiety and depression amongst hundreds of thousands of people. According to data collected by the U.S Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics, ¨four out of ten adults had developed symptoms of depression or anxiety¨ (Richter Pandemic Causes Spike in Anxiety and Depression). From January-June of 2019 to December of 2020, the percentage of people reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder rose from 8.2% to 36.9%. Reports of depressive disorder symptoms, in the same time frame, increased from a 6.6% to a 30.3%. Combining the statistics of reported symptoms for anxiety disorder or depressive disorder, the 11.0% of reported symptoms in 2019 increased to 42.4% by the end of 2020. The rising level of reports of anxiety and depression caused scientists to worry about the people’s mental well being, including their own mental health. Knowing how sensitive these times were, and still are, many people came up with ways to keep their life as close to normal as possible, and have carried their new lifestyles into 2021. 

 

A crucial part of having a mentally stable lifestyle, especially during COVID-19, is having a schedule. Naturally, humans as a whole ¨crave stability and dependability,¨ which was a major reason the quarantine caused so much stress; there were so many uncertainties, and there was no structure to society anymore (Why Having a Routine During Quarantine is So Important). Having a routine can make people feel like they have a purpose to get through the day, and the feeling of accomplishment. Other ways that people have tried to better themselves during COVID are; working out from home which helps to release endorphins that make you happier. Also, keeping in contact with family and friends was very crucial for these tough times. Seeing family in person might not be an option, but Google Duo and FaceTime have certainly helped to keep connected to each other. In a more spiritual approach, meditation can also help to reduce stress levels, and focus on a smaller picture instead of the bigger, more intimidating one. One of the most important things to remember though, is that nothing lasts forever, and things will eventually get back to a semblance of normalcy. Focus on the positive, not the negative, and take deep breaths to keep calm and stay peachy. 

 

 

 

 

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