Mental health awareness is a top priority in 2021
COVID-19 has caused joint trauma for many people around the world during the past year and a half. Just about everyone has been affected by Covid in one way or another, whether it was losing a loved one or simply adjusting to social distancing and wearing a mask. The CDC has made an announcement that masks are now not required for those that have been vaccinated. This announcement feels like a step towards normalcy. However, many people may feel anxious about adjusting to life after COVID. After this unprecedented of limited social interaction and feelings of isolation, we as a society will need to further emphasize the importance of mental health in order to restore normalcy.
Social distancing and other preventative measures may have been necessary in order to minimize the spread of Covid. Although, there have been proven to be consequences to these actions. There are growing concerns about long-term impacts that may be caused by social distancing restrictions.
There are two main issues that may be caused by the pandemic. First is the possibility of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the other concern is the impact of isolation over an extended period of time. This prolonged isolation may make it difficult for some people to come to terms with the new normal after quarantine.
Mental health is not only a concern for those who were directly affected by Covid through infection or the death of a loved one, but even those who were indirectly affected by covid may suffer from varying mental health issues.
Anxiety in public settings can also be a common response after the pandemic. Many individuals may be unsure of new social distancing protocols.
Many employees may find it difficult to return to the office after Covid so, employers must do everything they can to ensure that their team members feel safe and informed upon their return.
Self-care will also be vital in order to maintain positive mental health post-Covid. There are many different techniques that can help you improve your mental health, such as staying away from screens two hours before bed, limiting the amount of social media and news you consume each day, monitoring your alcohol and substance use, and also keep in touch with loved ones and check-in. It’s also smart to find time in the day for relaxation, whether it’s meditation, deep breathing, or a mindfulness technique. Following these different techniques can help you maintain a positive outlook as you adjust to life after lockdown.
Although there were several drawbacks to the coronavirus, one advantage we were given from Covid is the acceleration of teletherapy. In the past, there was a concern that psychotherapy may not be effective online, but Covid has shown us that many individuals are actually more likely to seek treatment online as they are given much more flexibility and ease of access. Individuals are also less likely to cancel appointments since they are now able to meet with a professional from anywhere. Virtual therapy also eliminates any long commutes that may have prevented certain individuals from utilizing psychotherapy.