The magnitude of how COVID-19 has affected the world remains unparalleled. Be it the social life or professional; the pandemic has brought the world to a standstill with some intermittent lockdowns. This, in turn, has had a severe effect on the planet in monetary terms. Companies have resorted to employee layoffs to get through. This has led many to do odd jobs for survival.
The sudden change has affected the world’s mental health at large. Schools, colleges, and some workplaces too have resorted to their computers for continuing with this new lifestyle that we’ve been forced into by coronavirus. Reduced social interactions and scope of entertainment, socioeconomic deprivation, and increased stress have taken a toll on our minds.
Increased rates of unemployment
The initial strategy of small and medium businesses of survival has been gradually converted into shedding jobs. There has been a rise in unemployment figures since the first spread of coronavirus. Company owners are spending their days under stress, and people who still have their jobs are continuing their employment with uncertainty. While some business owners could cut down on their staff, some others had no option than shutting down completely. Some firms that have been able to survive and even thrive, such as Carolina Designs, have had to follow some strict sanitation measures to prevent spreading the infection.
Heightened suicidal tendencies
The increased levels of unemployment have given rise to feelings of uncertainty among those who still continue to work. With an uncertain future, feelings of panic and anxiety can affect the mind. And worse, research shows that this increases the risks of domestic violence and suicides. The coping mechanisms can vary from person to person.
Signs of depression among children
The ripple effect is huge when a family’s breadwinner(s) is suffering. Some children are overly sensitive and can pick on some signs of irregularity in the adult’s lifestyle. A prolonged period of confinement makes children vulnerable to difficult situations in the house. Regardless of the availability of some necessary amenities like food and shelter, some children can feel caged inside the house and silently suffer from depression. This makes it very important for parents to keep an eye out for some symptoms of mental illnesses such as extreme mood changes and tiredness in their children, as prevention is any day better than cure.
Worries about academic progress
It isn’t necessarily easier for students to deal with the situation during COVID-19. They are most worried about the teaching and examination transitions. Now that education is mostly based on digital platforms; it is necessary to have the right and updated technology to achieve the most benefits out of it. Some parents also depend on their child/children to take over the economic responsibility from them. Delay of any kind in their academic life can lead to a delay in employment. This can increase the family’s worry about survival in these difficult times.
Growing poverty rate
Many countries have exhausted their savings while others and in worse shape, struggling with feeding the kids. This pandemic has had major adverse effects on some people, regardless of the location or background. This has made the increase in suicidal attempts quite inevitable.
No matter how harsh COVID-19 has hit humanity, one can only pray that “this too shall pass.” Also, one can always hope for a time that will heal the most adverse situations.
In the meantime, remember that everyone is going through their version of hardship. Be kind.