Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not only affecting of our lives, but at some point its affecting our mental well-being. In a KFF Tracking Poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. This is significantly higher than the 32% reported in March(KFF.org, 2020). Mental well-being is all about our thoughts and feelings; and how we deal with them on regular basis. Our mental well-being is affected by situations that are important in life, such as sadness and illness. In these cases, it is about how we react – our attitudes and habits that will decide the effect on our mental well-being. Mental well-being describes your mental states, shows you how you feel and how well to deal with daily life. Our mental well-being is dynamic. It can change from time to time, from day to day, from month to month, or from year to year. Importantly, good mental wellbeing is not just the absence of negative thoughts and feelings. But also what we face daily like difficult and challenging situations that cause us to feel angry, sad, and overwhelmed and everything in-between or sometimes due to our mental health issues.
Although mental well-being is not the same thing as mental health, still they can influence each other. As long periods of low mental well-being can lead to the development of diagnosable mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. And if you have a mental health condition, you may experience low mental well-being more often than not, although there will also be long periods when you can maintain good mental well-being.
Few points which can help you develop your ability to cope with the up and downs of life and make you mentally well:
If you are not feeling ok about your mental – well-being you must seek professional help.
You must seek counselling and speak about things that you find difficult with a trained professional. Don t be under pressure to carry on as normal. Take small measures and don t be afraid to ask for support if you find it difficult to cope on your own. You can check our websites for seeking professional help.
COVID-19 effects on your Mental Well-Being
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