Although the first wave of coronavirus infections was the one that represented the greatest challenge in adapting to a new and unprecedented situation, in the second year of the pandemic it is necessary not to neglect everything related to mental health. And it is that many times, the problematic contexts that last for many months are especially good at exploiting our vulnerabilities, among other things because we underestimate them and we think we get used to them, without being aware of how they are wearing us down.
Therefore, in this article we will see several elements of mental health to which we must pay special attention if we do not want the second year of the pandemic to lead us to develop psychological problems .Aspects of mental health to continue taking care of in the face of the pandemic. Read More: Mental Disorder
These are the mental health elements to take care of and prioritize especially during the second year of the pandemic.
1. Managing anxiety
Anxiety is the inseparable companion of the coronavirus pandemic. Both COVID-19 itself and the consequences derived from its economic and social impact have made many people notice that their lives are reeling , and in the face of this, it is easy for their nervous system to always be in “surveillance” mode to react quickly at the slightest sign that something around us is wrong. Now, although as individuals we can do nothing so that the COVID-19 crisis makes us go through difficult times, we can change the way we manage our emotions and our behavior patterns in the face of it. And that happens by knowing how to give an adaptive outlet to anxiety.
The tendency to adopt more solitary habits is still present even if “tough” containment plans are no longer in place . The wear and tear produced by spending many months just going to meetings with family and friends can take its toll, especially in people who are more outgoing and more used to face-to-face treatment.
In many cases, changing lifestyle habits creates the right situations for us to abandon ourselves more and more, neglecting our physical and mental health. By losing the references of what we were already used to doing, such as work schedules outside the home and routines of activities with friends, indecision leads us to passivity, and this, to internalize new customs that we only accept because “they are given to us” and they are easy to carry out. Staying up late watching videos on the Internet, eating a lot between meals, spending hours in front of the television. Given this, it is necessary to know how to follow a certain discipline when structuring the day to day and not constantly postpone what we really should do for our good.
4. Managing expectations
Both work and personal expectations must be readjusted to adapt to the context of the pandemic. During the first months of the coronavirus crisis, concerns were focused on the short term: the need to face an unprecedented health crisis, the risk of losing the source of income in a matter of a few weeks, the problems at the time of traveling, etc.
Now, however, is the time to adapt to a post-COVID-19 reality, which means modifying our long-term plans, for better and for worse. New business models that take advantage of the Internet, savings plans to prevent problems in cases of other waves of infections, etc. All this makes it necessary to combine anxiety management with strategic thinking and decision-making from rationality , which can be complex.
5. The dynamics of coexistence
Finally, we cannot forget that the emotional exhaustion produced by a pandemic context multiplies if it affects our coexistence with others. Problems to effectively manage discussions, mismanagement of time together, communication failures … We must also know how to adapt to the social dimension of the coronavirus crisis.