The year 2020 is horrendous. Everything is shattering bit by bit, whether it’s climate change, the pandemic, racism, or the sudden surge in rape cases.
Apart from human deterioration, climate change has been cataclysmic. The economic crisis causing a surge in unemployment, terrorist attacks, the agenda of wiping-out Muslim countries, the Black lives Matters movement, and so many more have made life on earth harrowing.
Is this the End or Just a Hoax?
The onset of 2020 alone sparked fears of World War 3 as Iran ‘unintentionally’ launched missiles in Iraq, Iran accidentally shooting the Ukrainian plane, a meteorite crash in Rajasthan, the volcano eruption in Philipines, the ignored impeachment of President Trump, the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani the plane crash with Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The mishaps did not stop here. COVID-19, Australian bush fires, earthquakes in Turkey and the Caribbean, UK officially leaving the European Union, postponement of 2020 Summer Olympics, death of George Floyd rekindling the BLM movement, Xenophobia due to COVID-19, Muslims forced into concentration camps in China.
Besides all these alarming disasters, the PIA plane crash, the Beirut explosions, Sindh floods, a surge in rape cases across the world but primarily in India and Pakistan.
Unfortunately, these highlight only a few catastrophes that have rendered this year toxic. Unknowingly, all such events are taking a toll on people’s mental health. Not only are these calamitous happenings invoking feelings of loneliness, despair, and anxiety, but they are also engendering helplessness all around.
Moreover, people are unable to keep themselves from thinking, ‘Is this the end of the world?’
Is Social Pesimissim Affecting us Emotionally and Physically?
When it comes to the media, everything that is being portrayed is macabre. It can make a sane person question his existence.
Furthermore, besides affecting a person emotionally, it can affect them physically. Continuous stress generates cortisol i.e the stress hormone. A regularly high level of cortisol can cause sleep disorders, depression, intestinal irritability, high blood pressure, and weight gain. This creates a vicious cycle. For instance, continuous tension can cause insomnia, which in turn can cause moodiness. Additionally, it causes high levels of cortisol to be released in the body, once again causing depression, anxiety and further affecting one’s sleep patterns. The same thing happens over and over again until it is dealt with.
Does it Ever Stop?
The vicious cycle of depression, fortunately, has an end but it comes with a price. A person needs to be self-aware, they need to realize that whatever is happening to them is okay. Moreover, it can be rectified.
Besides therapy, self-care is a relatively easier fix. It can be in the form of hygiene, nutrition, lifestyle, environment, meditation, etc.
Self-care, according to Dr. Zoe Shaw, is,
Self-care is a daily, free, but priceless exercise. It is a continual reckoning with your soul where you make a declaration: I am worthy to be cared for!
Self-care is sometimes a fun, enjoyable treat, but it is also saying no to oneself and saying yes to discipline. Self-care is you being the best mother to your body, soul, and mind that you can be.
In addition to all this, small things that can perpetuate a person are distractions (eg. movies, TV shows), curtailment of listening to and reading news, talking to people, sharing, maintaining a routine, a ‘I’m thankful for…’ checklist, sleep and lastly, exercise!