Updated: Jun 13, 2020
The one thing that strikes me most about the current Covid-19 pandemic is the impact it will have on mental health and whether that will be a larger pandemic in itself.
In a survey conducted by the mental health charity YoungMinds, 67% of parents and carers are concerned about the impact the pandemic is having on their children’s mental health. And if the parents are worrying about their children, will their own mental health become impaired too?
Anxiety disorders are already the most common mental disorders worldwide. Coupled with a worldwide lockdown due to a fast spreading virus, I can imagine that cases have already and will continue to rise, specifically with regards to health anxiety.
We have already seen the panic buying that brought our supermarkets to a halt at the beginning of this new era, which, whilst entirely unhelpful and what some would call selfish, was a panic response to the situation. Our primitive mind is designed to panic in a life or death situation, and to some, the very real fear of not knowing when they would have access to food in the near future, caused a reactive response to hunt and gather like our ancestors.
Something else to consider is the encouragement to constantly wash our hands and use hand sanitisers. Whilst it is of course great to be hygienic, handwashing has stepped up to a different level, and that, along with the fear that our post/packages/food etc. are all contaminated, could lead to a spike in cases of OCD once everything is back to ‘normal'.
There is also an underlying suggestion that we should all be making great use of our time in lockdown, learning a new language, craft, or skill. For some, this is far from achievable and just getting through the weeks is hard enough. There is almost a competitive edge to it, leaving some feeling unmotivated or that their time during lockdown has been wasted as they emerge with no accolades worth noting.
It may be difficult for some to get back to ‘normal’ after locking the world out for so long, especially if they are prone to depression or agoraphobia. For these people, the thought of staying at home for a continuous period was probably a welcome change. But will that make it harder when it comes to having to return to work/life as we once knew it?
All in all, I wonder if the mental health implications be a far larger pandemic than Covid-19 ever was?...
There is good news though - latest neuroscience suggests that positive action, positive interaction and positive thinking can help counteract those negative thought patterns and create new neural pathways in your brain, allowing you to live a life you love, free from the anxiety and self-limiting doubts.
Solution focused hypnotherapy gives you the tools to do just that and make those positive changes in your life to help you live the life you want and be the best version of you.
*Please note that these are purely my personal musings.
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