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How to Overcome "COVID Depression".

The pandemic put a stop to a lot of things for people worldwide. Many lost their lives, numerous lost loved ones, countless lost their source of livelihood. A lot were left to fend for themselves. The consequences of all this include some form of undiagnosed clinical depression and anxiety in a part of the population especially ones who have battled this virus or lost a loved one to it. The human being in general needs "touch" as a form of communication and we are only beginning to grasp the ramifications of the social distancing and compulsory lockdowns. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones. Many people may silently be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety.

According to the WHO, People with pre-existing mental, neurological or substance use disorders are also more vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection as they may stand a higher risk of severe outcomes and even death. So what do you do to protect and look out for your general health and wellbeing?

Here are a few tips from us;

  1. Eat a health and nutritious diet. This helps your immune system to function properly and prevents other illnesses that can make a COVID 19 infection worse if you happen to get it.

  2. Limit your alcohol consumption, and avoid sugary drinks. Again sugar has a negative effect on the immune system. Our goal is to stay healthy at all times.

  3. Don't smoke. Smoking can increase your risk of developing severe disease if you become infected with COVID-19.

  4. Exercise and Meditate. Studies have shown that exercising helps a lot to improve your mood and relieve stress.

  5. Try to not stay Isolated or by yourself. If you live alone try calling family and friends on zoom. If you cant, you can isolate with one or two people or even increase your social media use in order to connect with other people.

  6. Learn a new skill or language. This will help you whilst away time and improve your brain function.

  7. Start a business online by researching what people need during the lockdown. If you are having difficulty with finances, start a business on delivery apps to deliver food to people during this period to earn some extra income.

  8. Start tutoring students in a subject you are good at. Doing that will help better your mood and give you a sense of accomplishment while earning you extra income on the side.

  9. Go for a 5 minute walk outdoor where ever you can but stay safe whilst doing so.

  10. Get a pet or houseplant. Trust us, it helps.

  11. Smile and keep your hopes up. It will get better.

  12. If you feel like nothing is helping, please do contact a psychologist or psychiatrist near you for clinical evaluation. If you don't have one you can can contact us and we will find one for you.

  13. Attached to this post is a booklet endorsed by the WHO to help you cope with stress. Download and Enjoy.

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