After-Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic May Trigger Mental Health

Medically reviewed by Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Medically reviewed by Dr. Vikram Chauhan on July 16, 2020
MD (Ayurveda) CEO & Founder of Planet Ayurveda & Krishna Herbal Company
Updated on July 16th, 2020
Mental Health Challenges post-covid-19

The cities are unlocking slowly, but it will take a long time to get back to normal. A lot is happening across the globe. So, let us not discuss Everything this time and directly come to the topic. How is your mental health these days? Are you enjoying whatever is going on around you?

Are you satisfied with the things happening around you? Are you at peace? Is your mind full of positive hopes and thoughts for a new, changed, and better life ahead? 

The answer to all the above questions is directly No!!!!

If it is so then, this is for you. 

Mental Health

What is Mental Health? (1) Is it really important? Do our thoughts affect our health? If yes, does it affect only our mental health or overall health?

 Let us understand it in this way, if something happens suddenly in our life, assume, we are children, and our best friend goes away and do not contact for a day, a week or a month, the one with whom we used to spend the most of our time. Will it affect your health?

Yes, for sometimes you may reduce your eating, you will not enjoy or love your favorite tasks; As it might have affected your trust, love, and care for people.

It may bring negative thoughts in your mind that will inevitably affect your mental health and your overall health resulting in frequent mood swings, loneliness, stress, or may lead to severe depression. With time, we will surely learn to live with it and come over it by involving us in different activities and making more friends.

It will be easier at that stage as we are in our growing stage, we can adopt the changes easier than at the young or adolescent age. But, it is never impossible to adopt the change at any age.

[Also Read: Self Care During Covid-19 ]

Change is Important for Life!!

We all have listened to this phrase and experienced the same many times. This lockdown and pandemic have affected us suddenly in the same manner as we have seen in the above example. But is it really impossible to get over it or just some effort is required to make Everything normal? 

Undoubtedly, this lockdown is affecting people more mentally than physically, As it is teaching the people to take care of their diet and lifestyle and providing them with a lot of time to adopt the same effectively. But somewhere it is failing in maintaining the mental health of the people.

The sudden decisions of lockdown and unlocking create confusion in people’s minds to decide for anything, whether for their work or career. It feels like Everything is going normal one day, and suddenly the next day, the worst news appears. 

It is a normal human nature to start deciding for the coming moment, day, week, month or year in the present. But, in this situation, if someone plans something for the next day before sleep, he cannot even imagine what can happen when he wakes up the following morning.

[Also Read: How Covid-19 Can Shift Your Lifestyle ]

Hence, these all factors and happening affect a person’s mental health in a very major form. And the mental health of an individual, never only affects him but all those who are connected with him in any way.

As a mentally disturbed person starts to become negative, act negative, and think negatively, and that all ultimately are witnessed by the people living around him or are connected to him through anyway. These days, the major source of connection is social media.

A negative person always shares negative thoughts; negative pictures define the negative aspect of anything that happens, and so on, which somewhere affects other people and trigger the negativity in some. It is a proven fact that bad things can be learned more easily than good ones; similarly, bad thoughts attract people more than good ones.

Thus, one person’s mental health can ruin the positivity of at least 6 out of every 10 people in an easy manner resulting in the majority.

Mental Challenges that have increased and arisen during this pandemic

Some of the mental challenges that are increased among the people with this sudden pandemic and natural calamity are:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling of Loneliness
  • Disappointments
  • Lack of Trust
  • Losing Self-Confidence
  • Isolophobia (fear of being alone)
  • Lethargy
  • Lifestyle Diseases
  • More attraction towards screens than physical activities

There are many more challenges that the people are facing in the society, the major one of which is the financial crisis, which is considered as the root cause of all the above-mentioned problems, leading to mental instability. 

But, are they mentally fit and fine who have enough finance to live for a minimum of 10-20 years of their lives without even earning a rupee? No, everyone has made their own definition of mental peace; therefore, a very minimum number of people can find it.

The people who can find it are only those who satisfy themselves and can easily adapt to the changes without any extra worry or effort. 

Do you know how?

There is a phrase, in every religion, even logical and scientific people also believe it, 

“Everything happens for a reason”.

So, change a thing if you can, or adopt it as it is if you can’t.”

How many of you think that this pandemic is seriously beyond our control? I think the majority of us agree to it. We can only safeguard ourselves by stopping its spread, but that also not completely because there are a lot of other problems prevailing in society like poverty and starvation.

[Also Read: How to Cope with Stress During Pandemic ]

Some of the ways you can try to stay mentally fit

  • Meditation
  • Reading good books
  • Listening to positive music
  • Sitting with knowledgeable and experienced people
  • Sharing your worries and concerns with your well-wishers
  • Spending time with your loved ones
  • Being with nature
  • Learning new activities
  • Transforming you in a better person and so on. 

And you all are very well known to their benefits also. But still, a question strikes our mind after or while performing all these activities. Will it solve the situation? We do not know when will it end, so how can we plan for next?

Friends it is just to inform you that a day can be bad, a week can be bad, a month can be worse or a year can be worst, but whole life can never be bad. As this sudden pandemic had struck our lives and ruined all our plans at a rapid rate, the same can happen again but in the opposite way.

Suddenly, all this can end, but as it is a natural phenomenon that it always takes more time to build than destroy.

Hence, do not lose your positivity and ruin your mental health, just remember anything can change in a second, and Everything happens for a reason. Where our plan fails, our prayers start to work. The supreme soul who has created this universe also has its plans, and it cannot let any of its creatures in trouble for a long time.

Try to learn something and live a new adventure with every passing moment of life, who knows when life will change.

Stay Positive! Stay Happy! Stay Healthy!

Keep Other Healthy and Happy!

Remember, the time never stops, whether good or bad.

About The Author:

Dr. Vikram ChauhanDr. Vikram Chauhan – MD (Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda and Krishna Herbal Company. He is an author of Book – God’s Manual For Healing. He is an expert Ayurveda consultant from Chandigarh and practicing in Mohali, India

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