Let’s face it, for the great majority of us Covid 19 was sprung on us! All of a sudden, it wasn’t safe to breathe normally (without a mask), it wasn’t good to be physically close to strangers nor greet with a hug or handshake. Loved ones were forced to give birth and die alone and some without a decent burial. For a lot of us, this was a very traumatic experience. Being confined to home under national lockdowns, brought some families closer and renewed some relationships but it also brought out some demons, with reported increases in domestic violence, divorces, drug and alcohol abuse and suicides. Some mental health service providers like the Samaritans, reported dramatic increase in demand for their services and requested additional volunteers. Anxiety, Stress, Depression all classified as Mental Health issues were reported to have increased during Covid 19 because of job loss, pandemic uncertainty and maybe even general fear. The Recovery Village in its study on Covid 19 and Mental Health, confirmed that Covid 19 was indeed taking a toll and resorting to some unhealthy mechanisms for coping. You may take a closer look here: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/professionals/blog/mental-health-during-covid-19/
While everyone will have their own respective challenges in this difficult time, remember that you are not alone. Covid 19 is real, it is here and maybe around for a while, but we believe that life at some point will return to a level of normalcy. Be ready, Be healthy! Talking to someone will help. Resources are available and they are confidential.