If someone said to you in February that life was about to get way harder, you would have laughed. When you deal with mental health issues, the features that people take for granted are a struggle. Therefore, getting through the day unscathed is a massive achievement.
Of course, the Covid pandemic hit, and your mental health took a turn for the worse. Being stuck indoors for months on end will do that to your wellbeing. Still, every cloud has a silver lining, and Covid-19 is no exception.
The world has learned a lot regarding mental health. These are the four main revelations.
Probably the worst part about experiencing mental health problems is the fact that people don’t take them seriously. Phrases such as “man up” or “stop being miserable” were thrown at sufferers as most people assumed they were wallowing in self-pity. The truth is, it’s a disease, and it’s an illness that affects millions of people worldwide. Mental health awareness was improving, but the Coronavirus crisis showed everyone that it’s just as essential as physical wellbeing. It took everybody to be in the same boat to understand, yet at least society is making great strides and you don’t have to feel as if your emotions are invalidated. As mental health awareness arises, professionals are also considering new approaches to support their patients remotely, including virtual mental health treatment and remote counseling. We owe it to COVID-19 to firmly anchor the mental health debate into the 21st century, making it more relevant through modern technology and candid discussions.
Sleep Is The Key
Again, there are plenty of theories and research that highlight the importance of sleep. And, again, most people ignored it and went about their business as usual. However, with more spare time to think about health and wellness, it’s become abundantly clear that the link between sleep and mental health is stronger than ever. After all, sleep problems affect 50% to 80% of psychiatric patients. While several features can impact your sleep, it also means small tweaks, from your bed to your bedtime routine, can transform your mood.
You Will Endure
In the hard times, it’s tempting to assume that it won’t end. There is no light at the end of the tunnel, and that’s the most challenging part. Still, even though the virus hasn’t gone away, you’re still here making the most of your life. Some people go to extreme lengths to turn a negative into a positive, such as enrolling in a degree in counselling, while others prefer to indulge the little things that bring them joy. Covid has taught that, as long as you have a coping mechanism, you can conquer anything life throws in your path.
Community Isn’t Dead
The idea that community spirit is dead and buried is a long-held belief for most people. It’s certainly not the same as it once was, where neighbors looked after one another and had peoples’ backs. However, the pandemic did highlight how society is willing to help those who are less fortunate, including mental health sufferers. From Zoom calls to grocery deliveries, everyone pitched in. So, the next time you feel as if you are alone and don’t have anyone to talk to, just think about when the Coronavirus hit and the community spirit rekindled.
What lessons have you taken from Covid-19?