“Two years of the pandemic led Covid to take a toll on mental health”, says Dr. Deepak Yadav
Living through a global pandemic for more than a couple of years now has changed the way people look at things. With everyone being confined to the four boundaries of their homes to shutting down all the essential services, the world has taken a different route that is difficult to cope with. Dr. Deepak Yadav, a resident doctor in Delhi’s RML Hospital believes that with the world experiencing a swirl of uncertain events, mental health has been pushed to the sideline. Most of the time people are concerned about their physical health and fitness but do not pay heed to the thoughts that are taking up their mental space. The rising cases of Covid-19 added fuel to the fire and made the people vulnerable to the rising troubles that affect their minds and deteriorate their mental condition.
Pandemic compelled the people towards experiencing mood swings like melancholy, loneliness, impatience, rage, disappointment, rejection, and anxiety. The greatest problem is the uncertainty that individuals experience. It continues to threaten people’s positive mindset and the way they take on their life. The burning question of what the future will look like and how people would be able to cope with the new normal is adding up to their anxieties.
Dr. Deepak Yadav while addressing the mental health issue says, “Mental health is a crucial subject that demands attention and needs to be tackled wisely. Maintaining a balance between your personal life and professional life will help you to climb the stairs that no one has ever done before. Give yourself a reality check that working from home, phases of temporary unemployment, lack of physical connection with friends and family, the feelings of anxiety, grief, fear, and stress are natural to occur.”
The impact of the Covid pandemic on mental health has been complex. Not only was it terrifying to be afraid of contracting an infection, but it was also terrifying to be suffering from varying degrees of Covid infection and its complications due to a lack of medications, hospital beds, and oxygen. The death of a family member, as well as the conduct of last rituals, added to the enormity of the situation. Doctors have cried when their children became ill and had to fight for their lives. There were doctors who couldn’t get to their families’ last rites, and there were others who battled to manage and balance everything.
Finding ways to keep optimism alive has been difficult, as figuring out how to practice self-care, compassion, and sensitivity toward oneself. All of this has an impact on mental health and predisposes people to develop mental health issues, especially if they lack the skills, understanding, and support systems to cope with events while simultaneously putting their efforts to take care of their mental well-being.
The doctor further added, “You should always believe in yourself no matter what the situation is. Nobody can take your position and fill your space if you are willing to put your best foot forward and stand still on your vision. Having utter faith in yourself will help you to deal with numerous problems that will come your way. Always remember there is some supreme power who is guiding you and will be at your side when everything seems to be falling apart. Thinking positively and working meticulously is the right mantra that needs to be followed at every step of life to garner incredible achievements and have a serene state of mind.”
People in India still do not publicly discuss their mental health. They are hesitant to seek help from a counselor. We need to rethink the way we think about mental health. It’s time to speak up about your feelings, to fully express yourself, and to end the taboo of obtaining professional treatment to deal with mental health difficulties.
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