Post Mortem

Declutter your Mental epidemic during pandemic

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/18/2020 12:37:10 PM IST

 Are you stressed, depressed and yet well dressed with your mask on to shield yourselves from invisible assassin? The human race has swept by the darkest hour due to Covid -19 across the world, creating chaos, confusion and uncertainty. Covid -19 has stirred death and upheaval across the world. It has destroyed livelihoods and put the financial futures of billions at risk. We are physically isolated, our usual freedom and way of life suspended. It has altered the very fabric of our existence shutting down everything we hold dear and to the very notion of human existence. ‘Work from home’ has become a dominant trend. Social media sites are also abuzz with online classes where people tuned in to Zoom and Google Hangouts/Meets for most part of the day. Life as we know it, at least for a time, has changed with no idea what’s really store for us. As a result, our ability to enact fight or flight is inhibited, increasing the likelihood of lasting impacts on mental wellbeing.

Not to forget the emotional and mental mayhem covid 19 has caused to millions of people, especially those living with an anxiety disorder. The uncertainty to last has had significant impacts on the mental health of healthcare workers. After the Covid -19 outbreak, the Indian psychiatric society reported that mental health concerns have escalated by an alarming 20% with an unprecedented rise in psycho- social concerns like: family issues, depression, anxiety disorders, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Stress and panic attacks have increased by over 35%. Gen z and millennials have been impacted the most with significant toll on their mental health as survey by the mavericks India.

The lockdown and self- isolation can also trigger our emotion and it’s important to curb its impact on us both emotionally and physically. We need to ensure that our mental health is well taken care of. Let’s not become couch potatoes in consuming information about this rapidly evolving pandemic. However, this constant bombardment of information and news feels overwhelming, at times. It’s important to switch off sometimes to rejuvenate our mind. Get creative in pursuing your hobby you’ve been long ignoring. Poetry, Beauty, Romance, Love, these are what we stay alive for’, this iconic Robin William’s quote from Dead poets Society, is a reminder to us that during times of crisis, humanity is coming together as people to sing in unison.

In conclusion, to overcome the challenges created by Covid-19 pandemic, what we need more than anything else is our mental health. Let’s take good care of it.

Mongtsoa Meyo 

Khiamniungan, Kohima 

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