The year 2020 will be forever stained in our minds as one of the strangest and challenging that we have ever had. With this being said it is important to remember that there will come a time when we look back on 2020 from a position fo normality, wondering how it all unfolded so quickly. Although lockdown restrictions are easing around the world, there are still many of us who are under lockdown restrictions and now more than ever is an important time to ensure that we are doing all that we can to look after our mental health. Experts in this field such as the brilliant Matt Boente MD have been discussing this recently and it is important that people are aware of what the quarantine is doing to mental health.
Easily the biggest risk to our mental health comes from this feeling of being locked in and imprisoned. This has been a much bigger issue for people who are living in smaller properties and who do not have access to outdoor space, beyond what they are allowed under lockdown conditions. For issues like this, it is important to find some level of escape, in order to keep the mind active and to allay those feelings of imprisonment.
Humans are very much social animals and to have this taken away from us has been tough. Even those of us who do live with people, the fact that we are unable to go outside and socialize with more people has been very difficult indeed. Thankfully we are living in the digital age and that is why more of us need to be making sure that we take the opportunity to use video calling and instant messaging to stay in touch with our friends, family, and loved ones. This is of course never going to completely replace seeing people in person but at the very least it will enable us to stay in touch and to socialize to the best of our abilities.
It is perfectly natural to feel fearful right now, after all, we are living through a global pandemic which is killing people and which is ruining millions of lives. It is important however to put everything in perspective and not to allow fear to control our lives. Yes, there are reasons to be concerned but as long as we make sure that we are fit and healthy, that we respect measures such as social distancing and washing our hands regularly, we can reduce the risks associated with the pandemic. It is important that we use this fear which we have to influence our behavior and to ensure that we are as healthy and safe as we can possibly be. Don’t let that fear run your life however, we have to remember that the odds are very much on our side.
Mental wellbeing is always something which you should be aware of and it is important to take steps to ensure that you are at your best.