The world is still struggling with challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since 2020, when the first case was reported, people have lost their jobs, companies continue to register huge losses and the school calendar has been disrupted more than once. Though we are still suffering from the blows inflicted by the virus, the situation has cooled down.
Unfortunately, we are still far from normal. We can't deny the impact the pandemic has had on our mental health. According to the Ministry of Health, the country has experienced a sharp increase in suicide cases, mental health conditions, substance use and addictive disorders. These issues, according to some health professionals, have been linked to Post-pandemic Stress Disorder(PPSD). It is similar to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder just that in this case, induced by Covid-19.
Symptoms of PPSD
· Lack of/disrupted sleep
· Feelings of hopelessness
· Being increasingly angry/irritated
· Low motivation
· Negative thinking
· Increased anxiety
How to cope with PPSD
Be around positive people
Those negative feelings you keep having? They won't get to you when you surround yourself with positivity and optimism. Be around people who can help you find solutions to your setbacks. People who will help you start a new business, tell you it will be okay and come through when everything goes to dust. Sometimes stress comes as a result of loneliness and isolation. This is the time to keep your support system close.
Having a supportive person to talk to about your feelings and worries helps to make you feel better. Unfortunately, we may not all have that supportive person. If the situation gets unbearable seek the services of a qualified mental health professional.
Create new routines
Your pre-Covid routine did not anticipate lockdowns and curfew restrictions. Therefore, they cannot still be working for you. Everything you do now should keep you and those around you safe while managing to reach the goals you had set. Go back to your planner and re-invent your routine to adapt to the change.
You might bypass your feelings with the notion that everyone is going through it and it will all come to an end. On the other hand, you might feel that you are getting the most effects and the world is against you. In both cases, acknowledging your emotions is the first step in dealing with post-pandemic stress. Recognize that you have just come from a challenging time in history's record and be kind to yourself. Remember that as long as you are here, you can still your life around.