Dealing with Pandemic Depression
Depression cripples thousands of people daily, from adults to kids. With this crazy pandemic, depression for some people has gotten worse. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in people regardless of age. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19; but they can make us feel isolated and lonely. This can increase stress and anxiety.
The pandemic has caused mental strain for many people around the world. And for those living with anxiety and depression, the impact is harsh.
There are ways to deal with pandemic depression. First, it is important to get a good night’s sleep. If anxiety or depression is affecting your sleep, consider creating a bedtime routine and finding a relaxing activity, like listening to quiet music.
Next, it is helpful to stay connected. Staying connected with loved ones can be hard because you can’t go out to see them like you normally would, but keeping in touch can help you feel less lonely. In addition, many people find it helpful to work with peer-support groups, either in person or online.
Lastly, be productive with your free time. Rather than thinking of isolation as being in prison, you can see it as having more free time. Try to find happiness in this freedom; you can still go outside to exercise, or go online to find exercise or yoga videos.
I know that we all have been stressed and feeling down due to COVID, but with these steps you can change your mental health for the better.