The State Of Your Mental Health During The Covid-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge influence on our lives. Many of us face obstacles that are challenging and daunting, on a daily basis.
The SOPs during the movement control order (MCO) are meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, but this can take its toll on one’s mental health and can make us feel alone as well as increase tension and anxiety.
What exactly is Mental Health?
Mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy, or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life.
Mental conditions are possibly due to a number of various causes. Research has indicated several things that could make you more likely to develop a mental disorder:
- Mental illness often runs in the family.
- Living in a stressful environment can make you more likely to develop a mental illness. Things like living in poverty or having an abusive family put a lot of stress on your brain and often trigger mental illness.
- Childhood trauma. Even if you’re no longer in a stressful environment, things that happened to you as a child can have an impact later in life.
- Stressful events: like losing a loved one, or being in a car accident.
- Constantly putting yourself down, dwelling in negative thoughts or expecting the worst can get you stuck in a cycle of depression or anxiety.
Mental illness is expected to be the second biggest health problem affecting Malaysians after heart disease. According to the latest National Health and Morbidity Survey, every three in 10 adults aged 16 years and above in Malaysia suffer from some form of mental health issues.
What can you do to improve your mental health?
Life has its up and down, and sometimes, we call it squats. Maintaining a healthy mental wellbeing and exercise are important as it enhances the hormones in your brain that help keeps you in a positive mood. Feeling low, fear, depression, feeling exhausted and lazy can be reduced by exercising. It is related to living a longer life as well.
All our lives have been forced towards a solitary one. Friends, relatives, and colleagues can be a strong source of help during these periods of stress. Keeping in contact with them and other individuals in your life is necessary. Although we’re currently battling a pandemic, there are other ways you can keep in touch with them. For example video calls, phone calls, text, and etc.
Do Things that You Love
Try to find time for the fun stuff that you love doing. Set aside time to have fun whether you prefer going for a stroll, paint or even watching TV. After all, staying connected to your hobbies enhances your creative side. If you don’t do the things you love, the chances of becoming irritable and depressed are high.
Know that you’re not alone in this and remember to be kind to yourself.