COVID-19 and Mental Health

Alongside COVID-19 individuals and our society is facing an elevated rate of fear and anxiety. This time of crisis is generating chronic stress, and emotional, social isolation, social and economic disadvantage, childhood adversity, or other psychosocial factors throughout the population. Its effects on many people’s usual activities, routines, or livelihoods have increased the levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behavior. Health workers are facing a high workload, occupational burnout, increased psychological distress, or declining mental health.

The changes in dietary patterns during the outbreak of COVID-19 is also driven by the fear and anxiety many people around the globe are experiencing. Evidence showed that dietary habits are affected by conditions of stress, distress, and emotional disturbance, whereby elevated distress levels are associated with unhealthy dietary patterns and poor quality of the diet.

In order to enhance the physical and mental health of individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, a framework of action to maintain optimal nutrition at the individual, community, national, and global levels is important. We need clear, concrete messaging: Maintain social connections while remaining physically distanced from others. Try to manage your stress and your emotions as you continue to wash your hands.

Therefore, the responsibility of the individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic lies in making an effort to choose a healthy lifestyle, eat diets high in fruits and vegetables, exercise during free time, try to maintain a healthy weight, and get an adequate amount of sleep.

Contributed By: Alvina Begum Zeba, Content writer @ Mitti Ke Rang

At Mitti Ke Rang, we started with a COVID-19 community support fundraising, as an emergency response to provide a safety net to families. This will help them survive in the lockdown period. We aim to directly support these families by providing a minimum wage, through transferring the same into their accounts or partner with local NGO, Organisation, Fellow or a Volunteer, and support them with groceries.

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