Even as the world’s top scientists and research organisations strive to develop the COVID-19 vaccine, every new day reports an increasing number of corona-positive cases and deaths. Along with the unfortunate lives lost to this virus, a lot of people have also lost their livelihoods and are forced into living with future uncertainty.
Measures like social distancing, meant to mitigate the Covid-19 contagion, only add to the mental incumbrance that comes alongside rising unemployment, constricted access to education and the general disruption of life as one knew it. The psychological impact has been debilitating, with many silently living with depression and anxiety, which, unaddressed over time, manifests into serious mental and physical ailments.
More than ever, it is now that we need to be proactive about taking care of our own mental health and that of those we love. If you notice a phase of negative change in yourself or a loved one, don’t wait for the symptoms to flare. Start with simply talking about it. Addressing the issue empowers those suffering from mental illnesses with acceptability and seeking help to get on the road to recovery.
Mental health isn’t just about mental illnesses, it’s about maintaining a positive state of wellbeing, and that’s where we all can play a helpful role. Sometimes an unprejudiced listening ear, a willing shoulder to cry on and a bit of reassurance goes a long way in infusing hope and positivity – the greatest ammunitions of mental wellbeing.
So, don’t hold back on those good words and deeds – these could make all the difference to those in need.
Have a lovely weekend!