Coping with depression due to Coronavirus

depression due to coronavirus

Corona doesn’t bring a threat to life alone. As the year progresses, many people lose hope with their livelihood.

The year 2020 hasn’t been very kind. Corona pandemic has claimed 7,61,509 lives globally. 47,000 people have succumbed to the virus in India alone. And, the number is growing. But, life isn’t the only thing this pandemic has affected adversely.
A number of businesses have closed down. People are facing pay cuts, and many have lost their jobs.
Amid all this anxiety and the fear of loss, we live in an isolated environment with limited to no interaction with our usual social circles.

Today, many of us face the threat of falling into some form of depression due to Coronavirus.

Depression is an existential phenomena, but, we are much more prone to it now, than we were ever before. Clinically speaking, depression is just a mental health disorder.
But, what is concerning is that there is an acute negative connotation attached to the term, which hinders our acceptance of even a remote possibility of us being affected by it.

Depression is often overlooked as it engulfs us silently, and in a very slow progression. And, its symptoms gradually become a part of our normal behavioural patterns.
We don’t need to get into the details, as it will require an entire new post. In essence, there are three primary underlying factors that lead to depression; psychological, biological and social.

So, how do we cope with depression due to coronavirus?

Acute cases of depression often require professional help. But, normal and mild ones can be addressed by us individually. Here are four simple yet very effective steps that will help you avoid falling into depression, and also get out of it.

Ways to cope with depression due to Coronavirus

Talk to someone

Call up a friend who you can trust. Confide in him and share your problems with him or her. By sharing your problem you also share the burden of it, and lighten the load.

Break the pattern

You can try and change the way you do things. It is often the monotony of our patterned life that adds up to our miseries. If you commute by your car, drop it for a week and take a Metro or ride a bike instead. Breaking your pattern can aid immensely in getting you out of monotony as well as depression.

Indulge in creative activity

When was the last time you tried sketching? Get a ‘Sketch Book’, it is not very difficult. You can also try cooking, if you are not very comfortable around the kitchen. You can learn dancing, yoga, a music instrument, the list is endless.

Practice mindfulness

There are many other challenges that we’re facing due to our new reality. It’s important that we deal with these challenges in any way we can. Fortunately, certain practices that have been with us since ancient times can help in that regard. Yoga and mindfulness are highly effective methods of tackling the stress and anxiety that people are experiencing.

Takeaways

The above are some simple ways to cope with depression. Solutions to complex problems are often not so complex. It is us who believe otherwise.

We often tend to isolate ourselves when we feel hassled by an issue. Why we do it is debatable. But, some people aren’t comfortable exposing their vulnerabilities to others. I feel it is OK to feel insecure, and, It is very human to falter and fail.

We humans are social animals. By isolating ourselves from the very society that we belong to, we aren’t doing anyone a favour, definitely not to us.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_health_during_the_COVID-19_pandemic

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