As Coronavirus is the harsh reality of disturbance all world is facing, our lives have changed dramatically and rapidly and we are not sure when things will return to normal. Collectively we are handling an incredible amount of change and loss – job loss or financial security, privacy loss, loss of freedom, face-to-face loss of connection. Our life clashed together at one place that is our Home sweet home – Now our Home has become where we work, socialize, exercise, chill out, freak out, eat and sleep, do our hobbies and what makes it more is staying with family doing all these things.
It is a bit of a mess, and it makes sense for all of us, of course, to note the effect of this on our mental health.
In this case one must recognize the difference between what’s normal and what’s not, People might get stressed due to Coronavirus breakings it may disturb people to all extent but we must know what does stress represents - stress represents a natural psychological and physical reaction to lifes demands. Everyone responds differently to stressful circumstances and during a crisis, it is natural to feel stress and worry. However, multiple challenges daily, such as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, can push you beyond your ability to cope.
What many people are feeling right now may include:
- Feeling flat, sad, overwhelmed, disconnected and irritable
- Low motivation or lack of interest
- Difficulty with normal routine and daily tasks
- Low energy/feeling fatigued
- Not enjoying things that you normally would
- Withdrawing from the people around you
- Problems focusing/concentrating and making decisions
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
- Feeling teary
(All of the above points are very much normal one human could feel in this scenario)
when should you be seeking professional help?
The answer varies for each of us, but here are a few suggestions to consider when deciding whether it would be useful to seek professional help:
- If you’ve been feeling flat, anxious or out of sorts for more days than not for a few weeks
- If you or others are worried about the changes you’re experiencing
- If you’re feeling stuck or finding it tricky to shift these thoughts and feelings on your own
- If you’re noticing that how you’re feeling is getting in the way at home, at work or in your relationships
- If you are thinking about suicide or self-harm.
- If you’re wanting some practical suggestions to help you to cope
- If you have a history of mental health issues.
If you are having these symptoms, firstly you should:
Take a break from the news.
It is important to keep up with the news about the virus to make the best health decisions for you and your family, but this does not mean you should stay tuned into the news every second of the day. Instead, its all right to check verified news sources periodically for important updates from local and regional news outlets and public health decision-makers.
If your mental health seems to be out of reach during this crisis you should quickly call for advice and assistance online to a mental health professional. A licensed mental health professional can provide solutions with online counselling and real-time coping with the COVID-19 mental health crisis.
Hopequre provides thousands of licensed and experienced mental health counselors with expertise in a range of issues — including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, couples therapy, and more. All Hopequre therapists complete a rigorous vetting and credentialing process.
Symptoms to seek professional help during COVID crisis