One year of the Corona Pandemic, many people are exposed to the virus every day in their home office or on short-time work, or juggle work and family. We don’t know if we’ll ever get COVID-19 under control and until we get our old life back, we’ll have to keep living like this and restrict ourselves. At least until a large part of the population has been vaccinated. Until then, we should take good care of ourselves so that we don’t let our psyche fall by the wayside. Because sick leave due to mental health problems increased by 80% during the pandemic. Nevertheless, it is clear that people can deal with crises.

 

Why are there more mental illnesses in the pandemic?

Unfortunately, there are many different situations at the moment that demand everything from us.
On the one hand there is fear and worry.

  • Relatives, family, friends or acquaintances fall ill with COVID-19
  • A potentially deadly virus is among us
  • Domestic violence is increasing
  • Businesses file for bankruptcy
  • Social interactions and leisure activities are drastically restricted

All of these points trigger more or less anxiety disorders and worries in the:m. While we accepted the restrictions in the first lockdown, future-proof and full of hope, it is becoming more and more of a tour de force for many. Most continue to stick to it, but trust in politics is starting to crumble more and more and their own health suffers greatly as a result.
Every age group feels the pandemic differently, but we all have to adapt to the new everyday life. These changes may be more difficult for people who already have psychological problems than for others. In addition, people who are prone to depression can also become withdrawn and develop depressive symptoms.

On the other hand, there is depression and exhaustion.

These difficult times are a challenge for all of us. Healthy young people suddenly suffer more from depressive episodes. Others lose the meaning of their lives and for others the already existing psychological complaints increase exponentially.

We do not know how mental health develops during and after the crisis. But we know that it is already at a worrying level. The demand for therapy places is higher than it has been for a long time. With the help of online therapies, attempts are being made to react flexibly, but we do not know how the crisis will develop. The long-term consequences of the economic crisis should not be underestimated. Anxiety disorders and depression will play a clear role in health policy.

It is of course important that we find a way out of the pandemic. I am sure that everyone will try everything to save and protect lives. But we must not forget our psyche either, because we will continue to need it to the full extent after Corona.

Tricks gegen Angst und Depression in der Corona Pandemie - Nachdenkliche junge Frau vor zweifarbiger Wand
Tricks gegen Angst und Depression in der Corona Pandemie - Nachdenkliche junge Frau vor zweifarbiger Wand

Tricks against anxiety disorders and worries

In order not to develop fears and worries about the pandemic in the first place, you should rely on reputable sources of information. Don’t check the latest Corona News every hour. Once a day is enough, isn’t it?
Find a conversation with family or friends and address your concerns. Together you can find ways and support each other.
If you are alone and need help, an emergency kit can also help you. This suitcase contains various skills that will help you forget your fears and worries.

 

What are symptoms of depression?

For this I recommend you an article of mine: Warning signs of depression

 

Tips for preventing depression in Corona times

In a depression, fears, worries and everything negative are perceived even more. For those affected, the focus is more on loneliness and the changed everyday life. However, there are ways to deal with the changes. Here are some tips.

  • Daily schedule, weekly schedule: Structure is the be-all and end-all in times of crisis. You are welcome to draw up separate plans for your private life and work. In addition to all the duties, there should also be something pleasant on it. Give yourself a break too.
  • Activity: If possible, be active. Do some exercise in the fresh air or a workout at home on the mat. Exercise is good for you and promotes your fight against exhaustion.
  • Discover something new: How about a new sport or a new hobby. Creativity takes your mind off things and lets you forget your worries for a moment.
  • Maintain contacts: Take the opportunity to call family and friends or start a video chat.
  • Regulated sleeping times: Try to keep to your sleeping times. Staying in bed longer or taking an afternoon nap can lead to a worsening or sleep disturbance in those suffering from depression.

Tricks gegen Angst und Depression in der Corona Pandemie - Erholung mit Buch und Kaffee
Tricks gegen Angst und Depression in der Corona Pandemie - Erholung mit Buch und Kaffee

How can relatives help those affected?

Relatives can help those affected to restructure their everyday life. In addition, a positive view of the future together can bring hope. Planning a holiday trip after the pandemic, for example, can change the minds of those affected.

 

Where can you get help?

If you develop depressive symptoms or your mental health problems worsen, please seek help. Talk to others about your worries and fears and, if necessary, make an appointment with the doctor. These are still open during the crisis.

 

Conclusion

In addition to all the negative, there is also something positive to report. Mental illnesses are currently being accepted much more openly by society than they have been for a long time. Everyone now knows someone who: he knows someone who: m the pandemic hits the psyche or even suffers from depression, fear or worry because of it.

I would wish that the understanding would continue even after the pandemic and that we would be able to show a little more acceptance for those affected in the long term.

Stay healthy!


Chris

My name is Chris and I created Slowlow Lobster.
I write posts about mental illness. Topics that affect me personally, but also topics that contribute to clarification and the end of stigmatization.