The Covid-19 lockdown has been a struggle for everyone. Being unable to meet with friends and family members for extended periods of time has really taken its toll on people and new cases of mental health conditions have increased massively here in the UK and presumably worldwide.
This is because humans are creatures who crave socialization, so when it is unexpectedly taken away from us our minds go into panic mode and are unable to make decisions on how to occupy this newly available large amount of free time. Losing that social life is especially difficult for people who suffer with their mental health.
Many cases of depression are linked to feelings of anxiety and loneliness, therefore an international disease that causes seemingly everywhere to go into lockdown can induce an incredible amount of stress and worry for people who simply need to have a connection with the outside world. Having no contact with the people who keep your head above the water in this ocean that is “depression” increases the likelihood of us sinking into the gloomy abyss.
It’s not just our friends and family who we miss though. It’s our social workers, our counsellors, our psychotherapists, etc… These people are essential in some people’s lives and help those with mental health issues to keep going and not to not give in to their persistent negative mental temptations. Without these support networks some people simply cannot cope with everyday life.
We all know that being stuck at home with nowhere to go and nothing to do can be boring and can get us down. This is surely a big reason why cases of depression have risen in these past few months, but we must try to remain positive and forward thinking. We must stay focused on the fact that things will go back to normal someday. This lockdown will not go on forever. In the meantime, it will continue to be challenging and some days will be harder than others to get through, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us all.
To every single person who reads this: –
- Keep Fighting
- Be Strong
- Stay Positive
Do it for your mental health.