If a machine is not used regularly, it collects dust and becomes rusty. That is exactly what has been happening to most people during the quarantine. The pandemic is affecting the human brain. Human beings need a uniform momentum to keep their mental health in check.
A survey states that the human mind -which is used to the hustle & bustle of the cities- comes in contact with a gloomy atmosphere, it tends to lose its normal functioning. Likewise, when people living in tropical countries visit cold areas they are more likely to get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It is a seasonal disorder that causes a slight imbalance in brain chemicals, consequently causing an increment in the stimulus of sadness.
Similarly, quarantine has ensured a lot of alone time. Moreover, time away from the regular routine is triggering overthinking. According to studies, people are at risk of developing negative personality traits. Moreover, this may increase the chances of depression by 50% along with higher levels of stress, low self-esteem, and guilt.
On the other hand, self-isolation and over-thinking are kindling suicidal thoughts in people. The pandemic has increased the ratio of panic attacks and GAD (General Anxiety Disorder). The consistent news of death and the potential end of the world is eating people inside out.
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Chronic Effects on Mental Health after Lockdown
This is not the first plague or pandemics to hit mankind. There have been several lockdowns in the past. Studies from such times unfold the fact that people who survived such catastrophic events reported depressive symptoms months after lockdown.
Interestingly, it is not only confined to mental health. The lockdown has accentuated hunger, poverty, and health crises, causing a drastic surge in suicide rates.
Bullmore with his colleagues in a team of medical sciences quotes,
The pandemic is having a major social and psychological impact on the whole population, increasing unemployment, separating families and various other changes in the way that we live that we know are generally major psychological risk factors for anxiety, depression, and self-harm (Davis, 2020)
Hence, the consequences of mental health after this lockdown will be serious if we do not take it seriously.
An article from Psychology Today implies that poor sleeping patterns cause mental fatigue. This can cause emotional eating, mental fog, and anxiety disorders. It is never too late to change one’s routine.
Optimism During Quarantine
It all comes down to prioritizing time; things like reading a book or watch a good movie can be a positive distraction. A person’s brain mirrors their choices and actions. For example, people who like violent movies or horror movies often are the victims of nightmares & insomnia. While those who love to watch a comedy, function accordingly.
Additionally, it is never too late to learn a new skill!