The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our lives right at this moment. It causes a lot of unexpected changes in the world. And since it is the main reason why people’s emotional and mental stability is at stake, it is essential to take action seriously. So during this pandemic, all of us should focus on getting better overall health to fight COVID-19. But first, we have to acknowledge the effects of the Coronavirus in our lives before we can make necessary adjustments.
Mob Mentality And Panic Buying
There is a different level of panic that goes around during this time of crisis that gets worse due to mob mentality. It is where individuals get influenced by other people around to behave and act in an overly emotional and impulsive way. Yes, preparing and stocking up goods is an excellent idea. However, hoarding too much leads to a shortage for others, especially the ones who honestly need it. But we can’t blame them. Some of these individuals believe that hoarding is entirely necessary because they think there is not enough supply for everybody. The behavior is not acceptable, but people react to terrifying situations differently.
Feeling Of Emotional Isolation
Since the virus gets to pass on from one person to another through droplets from cough and sneeze, social distancing becomes a way to prevent it. Therefore, we have to keep physical distance no matter what, so that it can flatten the curve. However, physical isolation affects our emotional balance. It somehow heightens the feelings of sadness and loneliness due to the limited people we surround ourselves with. And though we can take advantage of the technology and use it to cross distances between friends and family, we still require more than that. In some unfortunate instances, connecting with people through technology sometimes heightens the emptiness we feel because we miss and worry about them more after knowing their conditions.
Boredom And Mental Exhaustion
Being quarantined inside our houses for an extended period can make us feel uneasy. That is regardless if we love staying at home and are working from home. That is because, in the back of our minds, we have this desire to going outside. We love to explore and experience a lot of things, and getting stuck in the four-cornered wall is not going to help us achieve that. Sometimes, even if we try to fight boredom by listing things we mean to do, we find ourselves unable to start with it. Some instance, even our hobbies or the ones we love to do eventually turns out to be a tiring activity and uninteresting anymore.
Overconsumption Of News And Media
Through the help of technology, we all have access to knowing what is currently happening in the world during times of crisis. It is great because we can raise awareness of that. However, overconsumption of sometimes inaccurate information is damaging to our mental health. It is because some news only intensifies the anxiety and fear we have. That is why even if we find it evident that we are looking at the not-so-credible source, we still believe the information we get from there. And to add damage to that, we often share false information online. Sadly, it soon becomes the truth of everyone. It is okay to get informed. But we have to be mindful of how much time we need to spend consuming news information.
It is okay to feel sad and alone in times like this. The emotional and mental struggle we are dealing with is valid. However, I would like to say that we are here for you during this difficult time in the global crisis. Stay safe!