Along with the acute health effects of
COVID-19, the pandemic is associated with a number of long-term mental health challenges. Long periods of isolation, lack of activity, and large-scale anxiety are having a profound effect on people with existing mental health conditions. Worrying new symptoms are also arising for people without a history of mental illness, as everyone struggles with the harsh realities of a strange new world. Self-care and mindfulness have a huge role to play as we transition to a new kind of "normal", with human connections and physical activity also key.
Coronavirus has led to a sharp increase in
anxiety across the globe, as people adjust their lives to what is a very real
threat. The world doesn't seem as safe as it did just a few weeks ago, with
public places and other people representing a possible source of infection.
Feelings of stress and anxiety are a common reaction to the disease, not just
to the possibility of developing acute physical symptoms, but also to the
overall and sometimes unshakable feeling of uncertainty.