One of the nasty side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is depression, anxiety and fear of the unknown future. As salons, restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses have closed, the opportunities to socialize with fellow humans has been dramatically reduced and is not within our control. Since we have been asked to “socially distance” since March in hope that we can get the virus under control, many people feel isolated and alone. What used to be a quick trip to the grocery store may now cause unusual anxiety. The bottom line: The pandemic has caused everyone to become anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed.
It is completely natural to feel worried, frustrated, and frightened about your health, the health of family members and even whether or you will get to keep your job. It is very important that you don’t let these emotions run unchecked by ignoring them.
One thing you can do that most people find helpful is to help others manage their stress, fears and uncertainty. We all feel good when we are able to help others. It is important that you maintain your relationships, friendships and social network, even if that means using social media and real time conversations through Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and other similar platforms.
Here are a few helpful tips that can help you deal with depression and anxiety.
Most importantly, remember that you are not alone. We are all truly in this together as there is no escape for anyone from the pandemic. And, most importantly, if you begin to have suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-273-8255.