COVID-19 and Mental Health
Students around the world are dealing with uncertain challenges from changes in regular schedules to the feelings of anxiety or stress. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many negative outcomes when it comes to psychological wellbeing. Many adverse health concerns are frequently observed among students who are struggling with academics and at the same time the current contagion situation. What we have found:
- Increased use of the substance
- Deteriorating mental health conditions
- Students are unable to concentrate
- Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
However, there are multiple ways to deal with these challenges and better cope with the situation.
Essential self-care will keep your immune system strengthened and improved control over your emotional thoughts. In addition to taking all the necessary precautionary measures, create a to-do list, and complete the activities you have postponed for some reason. It might be reading a book or acquiring an online certification.
Your classmates and friends are more likely to be scattered. Staying in social isolation may upset you. To combat these feelings, you can connect with your fellows for productive discussions and keep your mind distracted from irrelevant thoughts. Investing some time in socialization will bring a sense of comfort and constancy. Remember social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnection. You can use technology in several ways to stay connected – give and receive support.
Limit Your Media Consumption
It’s good to stay updated with the current situation. However, consuming a lot of news especially through multiple social media platforms can add up to anxiety. At this point, it’s important to cut through from misinformation and depend only on reliable sources such as the World Health Organization.
While staying safe, focus on the things you have control over – your thoughts and behavior. Instead of nerve-wracking about the unpredictable future, pay attention to problem-solving. Maintain a healthy routine and carry out effective activities from getting adequate sleep to physical exercise i.e. cycling, walking, running, etc. Even in self-quarantine, you can develop a better routine to keep your body and mind active.
Donate to a Cause
Considering the current situation, it’s quite common to have many ‘what if’? When this information is missing, your already anxious mind will start building up worse scenarios and you may feel overwhelmed or vulnerable. Donating to a cause will help you combat feelings of distress and bring peace of mind.