Monitoring Your Mental Health During A Global Pandemic
Did you know 1 in 5 now experience symptoms of depression as opposed to 1 in 10 this time last year?
This figure is no surprise to us given the amount of change in the world since the announcement of lockdown back in March. Feelings of anxiety, depression, heightened stress and grief are all challenging emotions and very common during this time. You may have never struggled with your mental health before, but are now experiencing new unpleasant feelings due to the state of the world.
We want you to know that it’s normal to be struggling during a global pandemic. It’s normal to feel anxious about the uncertainty that lies ahead. It’s normal to feel low about restrictions, and it’s normal to be stressed about finances.
But when is it time to get help? We want to highlight that it’s time to seek help for these emotions when they start to affect your everyday life. If simple tasks become difficult, if you’re overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions and find it hard to not spiral out of control with them, then CBT therapy could be an effective solution.
Feeling low during this time doesn’t mean you have depression, feeling on edge doesn’t mean you have an anxiety disorder. So whether you have a mental health disorder or not, therapy can be extremely beneficial to get you unstuck from that negative place.
“The proportion of young people aged 18-24 reporting suicidal thoughts or feelings during the pandemic was 22%, which was more than double that of the population as a whole, at 10%.” – mentalhealth.org.uk
Young adults have been especially badly hit during the pandemic with a triple whammy of curtailed education, diminished job prospects and reduced social contact with peers. It’s also deeply affected the older generation with reported feelings of loneliness due to isolation and missing the human connection of family members, which is crucial to one’s mental health. This just shows the scale of the mental health worries that are being experienced during this pandemic, but we are here to help.
Here’s some things you can do to monitor and look after your mental health:
- Limit your exposure to the news / social media, obtain information from trusted sites. (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus)
- Develop a balanced daily routine, be mindful not to work all the time just because you’re at home.
- Allow yourself to feel the negative emotions, it’s understandable and it’s OK, don’t judge yourself for it.
- Stay connected with friends and family members.
- Maintain physical health by going out for regular walks or exercising when you can.
- Consider mindfulness and relaxation techniques for when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Seek professional help if you are struggling to cope.
How we can help support you during COVID-19: