The Corona pandemic is a difficult period for many. The changed everyday life can affect well-being and mental health.
Anxiety about the risk of infection, along with isolation and distance, can lead to loneliness and symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.
The corona pandemic wears on the psyche of many-from the young people who miss the parties with friends, to the lonely elderly people who feel extra alone when corona restrictions lead to cancellation of activities and events on a strip.
Loneliness fills a lot – especially for those that their social circle are people out in the city. It also affects people who normally invest a lot socially in their jobs, but now sit alone at home.
The disease also causes concern in many people: some fear being infected or infecting others with corona. Others stress that the pandemic does not have a known expiration date, with ’everything’ becoming normal again. Financial problems triggered by corona can also knock people off their feet.
It is natural to have worries during periods of pressure. There are many who feel the same way. In some, it can develop and go extra hard on the mental well-being.
Focus on hygiene-when is it enough?
Currently, great attention is paid to hygiene and other precautions against corona. For some, it can lead to compulsions, constantly washing hands and using hand alcohol, avoiding many everyday situations for fear of being infected or infecting others.
A rule of thumb for the boundary between the normal and the morbid is usually around one hour of daily activity with, for example, hand washing and hygiene. However, the limits of what is normal to do have shifted during the corona pandemic. What used to be considered morbid is normal now. It can go beyond common sense if one is unsure when enough is enough.
At the same time, there are several examples of suspicion and shame from self-appointed 'corona police officers' who mock others. It is very visible if you use facemasks and rubbing alcohol and keep your distance. But that does not mean that there is free rein to attack how other people behave.
Fear of being shamed
The fear of being shamed can lead to anxiety, loneliness and excessive attention to hygiene.
Some people become ashamed and do not feel that they have taken proper care if they are hit by corona. But it is unreasonable to blame yourself or others, because it is a highly contagious virus that can affect everyone.
Fortunately, the pandemic has also brought out good sides in us: The helpfulness is great-to the delight of those who are helped, but also of those who help others. By supporting and helping others, one accomplishes something and makes a difference, and this can give a good sense of meaning and purpose in a difficult time.
Mentally ill are extra vulnerable
People with mental disorders are generally more severely affected by the consequences of the corona pandemic and may feel extra lonely and sad. Many are, for example, expats and foreign students that already have difficulty establishing relationships due to the language barrier. The corona restrictions make it extra difficult to break the loneliness, and some have to do it without visiting their permanent residences.
The fear of being infected with corona or infecting others can be debilitating. Obsessive-compulsive disorders such as OCD with excessive hand washing and alcohol spraying can flare up during pandemics such as corona.
If you experience a worsening of your illness or become depressed, contact your doctor or your regular therapist/contact person.
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