The importance of taking care of mental health in the second year of a pandemic

Although the first wave of coronavirus infections was the biggest challenge in adjusting 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 quite often, problematic contexts that last for many months are particularly good at exploiting our vulnerabilities, among other things because we underestimate them and believe that we are getting used to them, without being aware of how they us. wear out.

Therefore, in this article we will see various elements of mental health that we need to pay special attention to if we do not want the second year of the pandemic to lead to us developing psychological problems.

    Aspects of mental health to take care of in the face of the pandemic

    These are the elements of mental health to take care of and prioritize, especially in the second year of a pandemic.

    1. Anxiety management

    Anxiety is the inseparable companion of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 itself and the consequences of its economic and social impact have made many people feel their lives are wavering.And in the face of that, it’s easy for your nervous system to always be in “sleep” mode to react quickly to the slightest sign that something is wrong around us.

    Now, while we as individuals can do nothing to make the COVID-19 crisis take us through difficult times, we can change the way we deal with our emotions and behaviors in the face of it. And that happens to know how to give an adaptive way out of anxiety.

      2. Managing loneliness

      The tendency to adopt more solitary habits is still present even if the “hard” containment plans are no longer carried out.. The wear and tear of spending many months traveling to meetings with family and friends can take its toll, especially for people who are more outgoing and more accustomed to face-to-face treatment.

      3. Personal care

      In many cases, changing lifestyles create the right situations for us to abandon ourselves more and more, neglecting our physical and mental health. By losing references to what we had already become accustomed to, such as working hours away from home and activity routines with friends, indecision leads us to passivity, and this, to internalize new habits that we only accept because they “come to us” and are easy to do. Staying late watching videos on the Internet, eating a lot between meals, spending hours in front of the TV …

      Faced with this, we must know how to follow a certain discipline when it comes to structuring daily life and not constantly postponing what we really have to do for our own good.

      4. Managing expectations

      Professional and personal expectations must be readjusted according to the context of the pandemic. During the first months of the coronavirus crisis, concerns focused on the short term: the need to face an unprecedented health crisis, the risk of losing the source of income in a few weeks, problems during travel, etc.

      However, now is the time to adjust to a post-COVID-19 reality, which means changing our long-term plans, for better or for worse. New business models that take advantage of the Internet, savings plans to avoid problems in the event of further waves of contagion, etc. All this makes it necessary combine anxiety management with strategic thinking and rational decision making, Which can be complex.

      5. The dynamics of coexistence

      Finally, we cannot forget that the emotional wear and tear produced by a pandemic context is multiplied if it affects our coexistence with others. Problems in effectively managing discussions, mismanagement of time together, communication errors … We must also know how to adapt to the social dimension of the coronavirus crisis.

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