“2nd Wave of COVID Intensifies Depression And Anxiety Within Families”
Global Statistics On Mental Health Issues Caused Through COVID Pandemic
Did you know, as, on January 2021, a whopping 41% of adults in the USA reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the reports are just as shocking all over the world? The elderly, especially those with existing ailments, as well as children / young adults under the age of 18, have reported steady deterioration of mental health through the second quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021.
Global suicide rates had also witnessed a surge during this phase, especially among people with pre-existing mental / psychological issues. While these statistics are no joy to read, a decline in the number of reported cases after lockdown relaxations had appeared as the silver lining. However, with the 2nd Wave at stones’-throw, reports predict that chronic depression and anxiety within families is all set to intensify.
Why COVID Has Accelerated Depression and Anxiety Within Families
There’s only so much your mind can handle, and COVID 19 has surely pushed limits. Let’s briefly analyze why COVID has accelerated depression and anxiety within families…
- It’s a global shock – It has been a century after the Spanish Flu, and no one has any recollection of dealing with the excesses of a global pandemic. The entire situation is a shock to mankind, something that will take a while to adjust to.
- Loss of jobs and economic slowdown – With over 114 million jobs lost, the world is at the brink of a major economic crisis. Millions of families are facing extreme financial challenges, struggling to have their basic needs met.
- Social alienation – Human Beings are social animals. We need to interact with friends and family to maintain a healthy mind and heart. COVID 19, however, has restricted people to their homes for an indefinite period of time.
- Living in constant threat of potential health risks – Living in constant fear of getting the virus, the consequences of being infected, expenses thereafter, the threat to life, fear of being judged and more have been potent causes behind increasing anxiety during COVID times.
- Social media and News Channels – Over-exposure to depressing COVID figures and statistics day after day has also played its role in depleting Happiness Quotient in people while compromising emotional stability.
- Issues of adjusting to a new way of life – Adjusting to a stay-at-home / work-from-home / school-from-home schedule has been a challenge for many, especially for families with young children.
Why the Second Wave poses tangible Challenges
Just when we thought life was returning to normal, the 2nd Wave dances its way in. There will be more lockdowns, more restrictions, more economic uncertainties and increased health risks. Topped with a shortage of the newly discovered vaccines, the global population will remain in a constate state of fear which can directly trigger anxiety and depression.
How to cope with Depression and Anxiety through the 2nd Wave
Easier said than done… But there is no other way out.
- Build your support system – This can be your family or friends or self-help group to encourage and motivate you through this phase.
- Exercise and meditate regularly – Exercising releases ‘endorphins’ better known as feel-good hormones, that reduces stress and anxiety
- Develop healthy means to cope – With more time for yourself, you can reconnect with your hobbies and interests. There is no better way to beat depression than doing what you love.
- Stay connected – Even though you cannot go places physically, stay connected with friends and family through online chats, video calls and group calls.
- Seek help when you need it – Never shy away from seeking help and support when you need it. If you feel overwhelmed, share your feelings with a close friend.
- Help others when you can – Helping others always gives purpose and meaning to life. Helping those who may be struggling financially or those battling mental health issues is a good remedy to depression.
The Bottom Line
Let’s not lose hope, we are all in this together. Coping with depression and anxiety through the 2nd Wave is possible with understanding, support and, of course, the right information on addressing the issue. Remind yourself, ‘This is Only a Phase, and this Will Not Last Forever.
Also read: 5 Ways Stress Can Affect Your Body and Mental Health