There is a clear sense of excitement in the air that a return to ‘business as usual’ may indeed be within our grasp.
It’s understandable, after all, that we’ve felt imprisoned in our own homes. LockdownWaiting for what feels like an eternity to experience the joy associated with being free once again.
We yearn for life how it was. But my advice is to take a normal life slowly – not in terms of the risk of spreading the virus, but because, speaking as a psychotherapist, I am concerned that the risks of living our old way of doing harm to our mental health. deliver.
We need to keep in mind that many of us have already suffered psychological wounds – some grieving their loved ones, others mourning their lives as they did before Covid hit Were – and we cannot fully appreciate how much they are affecting us.
There’s a clear sense of excitement in the air that a return to ‘business as usual’ may really be within our grasp
Our sadness and joylessness can continue to affect our behavior and social interactions, potentially leading to anger, distress, withdrawal and dysfunctional professional and personal relationships.
Cliché though it may sound, it’s true: the scars that can’t be seen are actually the deepest.
Essentially, we need to learn how to renegotiate.
Many of us, myself included, may forget – or don’t know – how much expertise is needed to socialize and communicate.
The body deteriorates rapidly if it is not used as often as it is used. So, too, can control the mind, and cognitive and psychological processes.
For example, some people may have recently participated in a chat involving large groups, which would include many people.
After that kind of conversation, more skill is required than what we know consciously. So if possible, it would be prudent to start by having face-to-face meetings with individuals or small groups.
If we hold back with elaborate social plans or parties, we can become overwhelmed, and this can increase our risk of experiencing anxiety and depression. So, with the workplace as well.
Cliché though it may sound, it is true: the scars that cannot be seen are in fact the deepest. Inevitably, we have to learn how to interact again
Many people have become accustomed to working from home, and we can forget about the challenges of getting along with others in the office, personality conflicts and power dynamics. Just taking care of it can help – as can talking about any difficulties with colleagues or friends.
To stay mentally fit right now, I think the best way is not to embrace the belief – as many people are doing – that from here on out it will come back to life as it was.
To me, this is unrealistic, and I fear that if we adopt this mindset our despair may run as deep as our hopes. Why?
The problem is that there are still too many ‘unknown unknowns’. For example, we cannot say with certainty that there will be no more mutant strains, or even exactly how long the vaccine will provide immunity.
We must prepare our minds for the possibility that the virus may spiral out of control again.
If we don’t, we’re setting ourselves up to be depressed, which can result in some people’s mood swings, and even depression.
I don’t want to burst the bubble of optimism, but what worries me is that the public doesn’t realize how painful the pandemic is to our mental health. While working on the NHS frontline, I have seen the effect for the first time.
Compared to a year ago, last summer saw a 15 percent increase in immediate referral to the hospital for a mental health crisis – that is, people feeling suicidal or experiencing mental symptoms.
During the second wave of the epidemic in December 2020, Dr. Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, warned: ‘The coronavirus crisis is the greatest threat to mental health since World War II, the effects of which will be felt for years. The virus has been controlled.
Modeling by the Center for Mental Health Research, where I work, predicts that ten million people, including 1.5 million children, will need mental health support as a result of the COVID crisis.
So by all means meet a friend and book dinner or even a vacation, but emerge slowly. Keep expectations low.
After all, our brains need just as much protection as our bodies.
Dr Ahmed Hankir is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Mental Health Research in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, and a Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
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