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The importance of mental health in the COVID-19 pandemic

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Vivek Pandey
Vivek Pandey
Vivek Pandey is an Indian RTI Activist, Freelance Journalist, MBBS, Whistelblower and youtuber. He is Writing on RTI based information, social and political issue's also covering educational topics for Opindia. He is also well known for making awareness, educational and motivational videos on YouTube.

There was a time when mental health was not a major concern to our society. As humans, we are taught to hide our emotions and appear as if an event in our lives is not severe enough to affect the well-being of our mental state, no matter how altering or traumatic. if we show our emotions and feelings to society we are seen as person with a weak personality. 

People in our country can admit that mental health is not as discussed as it should be. The fear of not being able to achieve something due to problems that aren’t physical, like a cold, essentially means those problems do not exist.

Why is mental health important?

Mental health is important because it is a direct result of mood, anxiety, stress and mental trauma. However, mental health has detrimental and even deadly consequences when not as prioritized as it should be. COVID-19 caused the entire world to recognize the importance of how we think, feel and act upon situations. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the idea of a deadly plague spreading across the planet was a shock to many. For those suffering from mental health prior to the pandemic, emotions heightened due to prolonged isolation. The ability to be in the company of anyone was seized, as schools across the nation were remote for the then-foreseeable future. Both children and adults who may have not suffered from mental health concerns prior to the pandemic became victims of the drastic changes, resulting in overwhelming amounts of stress, emotions and social welfare distress. 

Recommendations of staying indoors were placed when COVID-19 began to become more widespread. This meant interactions between people were limited to phone use and online platforms. While many turned to social media platforms such as TikTok to pass time, others turned their time on the app into a brutal playground. More than half the percent of people between the ages of 15-25 increased their usage of TikTok during COVID-19, according to a study by Statista.

Social media apps have gained even more popularity due to the need for digital interaction. Trauma has been transformed into connection, and creativity and short videos were created to share trends, life hacks and relatable content.

How can you improve your emotional health day-to-day?

There are steps you can take to improve your mental health everyday. Small things like exercising, eating a balanced and healthy meals, opening up to other people in your life, taking a break when you need to, remembering something you are grateful for and getting a good night’s sleep, can be helpful in boosting your emotional health.When is a good time to reach out for help?

Issues related to mental health can impact different people in different ways. If you start to see changes in your overall happiness and relationships, there are always ways get the support you want. Here are some ways you can get help:

Connect with other individuals, friends and family: Reaching out and opening up to other people in your life can help provide emotional support.

Learn more about mental health: There are many resources you can turn to for learning more about emotional health. You can find articles on Google almost in all languages to het to know more about mental health.

Take a mental health assessment: An assessment can help determine if stress, anxiety or depression may be having an impact on your life. Doctor On Demand offers a free and private online mental health assessment that you can take at any time.

Talk to a professional: If you start to feel like your emotional health is starting to impact you, it may be time to reach out for extra support. With Doctor On Demand, you can see a psychologist or psychiatrist and find the personalized support you want.

It is important that mental health is cared for within all cultures, ages, genders and identifications. Now that the pandemic has forced everyone to make mental health a priority, the efforts should be recognized. It is a regular consideration since the earth caused us to slow down and consider the importance of the ways we interact with one another.

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Vivek Pandey
Vivek Pandey
Vivek Pandey is an Indian RTI Activist, Freelance Journalist, MBBS, Whistelblower and youtuber. He is Writing on RTI based information, social and political issue's also covering educational topics for Opindia. He is also well known for making awareness, educational and motivational videos on YouTube.
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