COVID-19's impact on mental health

Covid-19 has the ability to affect the people who become infected with the virus and those who haven’t. Those who have been affected may endure the virus’ physical symptoms but also will be emotionally and mentally challenged. part of his challenge is the necessary quarantining in order to keep their loved ones or co-workers safe. This may cause feelings of loneliness, sadness, or even anxiety.

 

It's affect on adolescents

  • Many students must attend classes online now.Large social interaction- once common for students- has now deteriorated. 
  • We must acknowledge these mental health challenges through different lenses.

 

  • Many student-athletes are no longer able to engage in their sports .

 

  • Some students use school as a safe space away from an unsafe home environment

 

  • Students face food insecurity 

 

  • Difficulty accessing education

 

  • HighSchool students must cope with the cancellation of prom and graduation.

 

  •  Counseling sessions must be done over phone or video calls.
  • This pandemic has proven difficult for adolescents.

 

Associate director, Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, Beth Marshall said, One thing that is really important for adults is to remember to allow their kids to grieve over their losses. We should not trivialize their stressors or grief in the context of the larger issues playing out during this pandemic”(Marshall,2020)

Have you heard of compassion fatigue?

 

Compassion fatigue affects people across the globe. Oftentimes those who experience compassion fatigue are in a line of work in which they witness other people’s pain and suffering. Some examples of this are caretakers, nurses, doctors, and mental health professionals. Note, you do not need to be in these fields of work to experience compassion fatigue. Some symptoms of compassion fatigue are feelings of hopelessness, loss of motivation, burn out, anxiety and numbness.

If you have time try out this breathing exercise! :

Healthy ways to cope

  • Healthy ways to cope when you are struggling:
  • Mindfulness exercises are a great way to center yourself. One example would be breathing exercises. You can practice alone , use a phone application, or even follow a youtube video. Try it out !
  • If possible, go for a walk. Walking is a great way to relieve stress and get a change in your environment. Notice your surroundings. 
  • Use your senses to calm  your mind. You can do this anywhere.Take notice of the scents,sounds,visuals,and temperature.This can help ground you
  • Call a loved one. Sometimes all it takes is a conversation with those close to us. Talk about your day, what has been difficult today? Or you can just get your mind off things with a good laugh!