How Lockdown Changed Our Everyday Life
Are you slowly turning crazy due to the lockdown as much as we do?
As you have probably realised, the pandemic and your mental health are not BFF's.
Struggling with mental health probably have never been this challenging, as we are constantly controlled and being held in fear and worry.
Rumours and speculation also fuel your anxiety, so try accessing good quality information about the virus, as it can help you feel more in control.
The pandemic has changed how we work, how we learn and interact with each other, because everything has shifted into the online world.
Staying in touch and connecting with your family and friends through social media platforms and video calls have become a daily routine.
Most of us spend a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities are no longer available to us. Which means our everyday life and routine is no longer our everyday life. We had to become used to a new lifestyle while maintaining our jobs, our chores and our responsibilities.
EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC ON OUR MENTAL HEALTH
As for which mental health issues connected to the Covid-19 pandemic are most likely to last in the longer term, psychologists believe obsessive-compulsive disorder could be one of the main causes.
Alongside OCD, which is a manifestation of anxiety, general anxiety is also a very important mental health issue that will remain with many people, even after the pandemic. There is a possibility that even when the Covid pandemic ends, some people might be over-anxious.
Chronic loneliness during the pandemic is another major concern, some people have found themselves with fewer connections in the age of social-distancing and may find it challenging to rebuild their relationships.
Ongoing unemployment or loss of income may affect long-term wellbeing, too. Reports had already shown negative mental health impacts, with even higher rates amongst those on lower salaries.
While mental health is determined by much broader factors than access to mental health services, these are critical for people experiencing mental illness. Mental health services are stretched with many providers having the inability to meet the rising demand due to the pandemic, and the continuous lockdown is adding further pressure.
TIPS FOR LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
- Find new ways to connect with your loved ones: If you can’t meet up with your family or friends in person, make plans to video chat instead. You can also arrange phone calls or send instant messages or texts.
- Try to be as much as you can in natural light and nature: Change rooms during the day depending on which gets the most light, if this is possible where you live. If you are able to spend some time outside everyday, go for a run or on a walk, spending a couple of minutes in fresh air during the day, can change your whole mood.
- Comfort yourself when you feel anxious: For example, there are games and puzzles you can use to distract yourself, and breathing exercises can also be helpful. Although the pandemic means your choices may be limited, try to focus on the things you can change.
- Don’t forget your physical health: If possible, try to eat healthy meals and keep a balanced diet, as this can help your mood and energy levels. Hydration is key, drinking enough water is important for your health. Build physical activity into your daily routine, for example: clean your home, try out online workouts, get up every hour from your chair.
SUPPORTING CARING CAUSES
This is a stressful time for all of us. Try embracing good mental-health and well-being even by relying on others when necessary, don't be scared to ask for help.
We believe self-care can relieve the symptoms of mental health problems and ease the road to recovery. But we also know that self-care is a practice, not a cure.
That’s why we always donate part of our profits to mental health organisations across the UK that share our mission of ending the stigma surrounding mental health.
By purchasing products from our website, you can help to.