Social Distancing. Shelter In Place. Lay-Offs. Furloughs, Closing Non-Essential Businesses. COVID-19 Cases Rise.
Any one of these things would be enough to increase stress levels. As society adjusts to a new normal with less socialization, increased financial uncertainty, and constant fears of illness, mental health is of the utmost importance.
Uncertainty and stress are key components of anxiety and panic disorders. Society’ current situation is filled with uncertainty and stress. These increases can be tipping point for people struggling with emotional stability and poorly controlled mental health impairments. Simple tasks like going to the grocery store are much more challenging, food is picked over, essential are unavailable, the risk of illness is ever-present, and the crowds can be unbearable.
Social Distancing and Shelter In Place measures leave many feeling isolating. With many more out of work, the lack of purpose, routine, and schedule coupled with social isolation can create a perfect storm for individuals suffering from depression.
There are many steps people can take to reduce anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Create and stick to a healthy routine. Reach out to loved ones, family, and friends virtually. Go for walks or do activities outside (while practicing social distancing). Take breaks from the news.