Many of us are not aware of the powerful role our mind plays when deciding our mental health.
Although we may feel fine, our brains can catch the suppressed feelings and translate these emotions and release them as subtle and hidden signs of anxiety and depression. The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown following it has taken an enormous toll on every facet of normal life, especially people’s and mental health and wellbeing.
The combination of social isolation, the tragic loss of life, uncertainty for the future, and the health risks inflicted by the coronavirus has been exhausting for everyone, and even more taxing on people who already struggle with their mental health.
In this article we share some tips to help manage the fears, anxiety, and depression caused or worsened by the pandemic.
Symptoms of Depression Caused By the Pandemic
People often confuse the feeling of being unhappy with being depressed.
The term “depression” is recently being used as a loose term by people who have perhaps experienced a bad week or are going through a break-up. However, major depressive disorder is far more complicated than that.
Certain symptoms can be used to determine whether a person has depression or is only going through the sadness that we all experience in life. Major depressive disorder is a mood disorder that negatively affects the way a person looks at life as a whole. Having a hopeless outlook on life is the most common symptom of depression.
Other feelings such as worthlessness, self-hate and never-ending guilt are also repeated emotions caused by depression. The loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy and love is also a symptom of depression. You’ll no longer feel excitement or pleasure in hobbies and sports that you used to enjoy and look forward to.
A major reason why you might have stopped doing things you enjoy is that you simply don’t have the energy for it. Depression is often linked with insomnia and an overwhelming feeling of fatigue.
Symptoms of Anxiety Caused by the Pandemic
Occasionally feeling anxious is a normal part of life, however, people with an anxiety disorder regularly experience intense and uncontrolled feelings of worry and fear about everyday situations.
The overwhelming sense of panic and anxiety is difficult to control and can hinder the ability to perform daily activities. The most common symptom of anxiety is unending worry. People with anxiety tend to anticipate every possible problem that can arise rather than focusing on a task or just trying to relax at home.
There are some physical symptoms of anxiety which include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Teeth grinding
- Insomnia or restlessness
- Constant racing heart
With the current global pandemic, many people will be feeling anxious, whether they’re worried about their health and safety or their financial situation, so there are numerous tips and coping mechanisms available to help ease these worries.
Tips on Managing Depression and Anxiety Throughout Lockdown & Quarantine
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an enormous sense of pressure on people who struggle with anxiety and depression.
Despite the overpowering feelings of fear and stress, there are ways to help manage and navigate your mental health during these unpredictable times. Anxiety and depression both can cause people to develop insomnia or become restless. So, although it’s not easy, try prioritizing getting a good night’s sleep. Limiting your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine could greatly help you become more relaxed before bed.
Creating a routine and sticking to it have been proven to many people to help ease the high level of stress you’re under. There is a certain feeling of stability you develop when you have a clear routine and schedule to follow, which would assist in managing your stress and anxiety levels.
With the restrictions placed on us due to the pandemic, having face-to-face social interactions may be difficult. However, there are other methods available for you to seek social support.
Staying connected with loved ones using platforms such as FaceTime and Zoom can help you feel less detached and lonely. You can find many support groups online, and even seek help from certified therapists using teletherapy.
How Waystone Psychology Can Help
Depression and anxiety are not something you should have to go through alone.
Surrounding yourself with people who care about you and your well-being can make your life more manageable.
Our expert therapists at Waystone Psychology in Ottawa are here to help you manage and hopefully overcome all the obstacles you’re facing, no matter how big or small. Your mental health is our top priority, and we’re here to make sure it’s yours too.
Reach out to us at Waystone and let us get you on the journey to recovery.