The year 2020 began with a realistic sense of excitement and eagerness, plans for the new decade and declarations of hope echoed from around the globe. No one could have imagined that the entire world would be faced with a deadly health crisis, economic recession and social unrest unlike anything the human race has seen in the last 100 years. Now, as our planet is paralyzed by the fear of a ravaging virus, mental health is emerging as a key concern.
As governments hurried to launch an attack on an unusual enemy, the media’s meticulous coverage of the events surrounding COVID-19 served to fuel an anxiety epidemic bubbling beneath the surface. Terrifying news of the virus death toll rising in our cities became commonplace, and despite the efforts made by healthcare experts to guide our government through this tragedy, it seemed as though any initiative to diminish the disease was futile.
As individuals became increasingly overwhelmed with news of death, loss and hardship, a flurry of questions swarmed across the global community. We found ourselves asking: What information is real and what is fake? What will a post-COVID world look like? Is there a second wave coming anytime soon? Will this virus ever be contained? All these questions were bolstered by news of the mortality rate rising and hospitalizations constantly being reported throughout the day.
As expected, reports of anxiety, fearfulness, depression, sleep problems, irritability, and feelings of hopelessness have become widespread. If you have felt any of these feelings in the last few months, we are here to tell you: You Are Not Alone. These responses, although uncomfortable, are very normal during a pandemic. As our minds adjust to the new realities of a post-COVID world, I urge everyone reading this to take their personal mental health as an active project.
Mental health exists on a continuum very similar to physical health. The mind fluctuates between periods of strong mental health to periods of weak mental health, just as our bodies fluctuates from periods of strong physical health to weak physical health. It is widely understood that to better our physical health we must take an active approach to achieve results; for instance, diet (what we consume) and exercise (how we expend energy to train our bodies) has a strong correlation to the health of our bodies.
The same holds true with mental health: what we allow our minds to consume (our “mental diet”) and how we expend our mental energy (our thoughts), has a strong correlation to the health of our minds. Although we understand mental health can be much more complex than this, we urge people to take the first step and consider their mental health in this framework.
Regardless of how you may feel, please remember you are in control of your mental health. By deciding what you consume and how you use your mental energy, you can help “train” your mental health in the same way you can train your physical health. If this feeling of control seems inaccessible, that is where we come in. New Era Rehabilitation Center is a mental health and drug abuse rehabilitation center in Connecticut that treats those who are in need of support and guidance through their mental health journey. We offer individual, family, and marriage counseling, as well as mental health therapy. We do not change people, instead we spend the time arming our clients with the necessary coping skills and tools needed, so they can change their state of mind. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, contact us today at www.newerarehab.com so we can help you or your loved one transform their lives.
- New Era Rehab Staff
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