Editorial: Mental Health During Covid

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:46

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Many people are struggling to deal with the fatigue and emotional moments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everyday we read reports or watch the news about the pandemic and hear stories of families who have lost loved ones to the tragic virus. We see interviews on the news with nurses and doctors that work overtime, beyond what they ever could have imagined when entering the profession to save lives, only to tell stories of how they have tried to save lives and feel they are losing the battle as many of their patients pass every day.
These are absolutely trying times. Every one of us who is intelligent enough to know this is a real pandemic and practices safety measures on many levels, deals with the emotional impacts in our own way.
To those who thumb their noses at wearing masks and social distancing, frankly, they are idiots. The very definition of Darwinism.
Because of their conspiracies and lack of acknowledgement of the severity of COVI-19, they could be sealing their own worst fate and the fate of friends and family.
To those people, you'll never know how many people you likely helped to kill. Let's just hope they're honest enough to talk about the error of your ways when a member of their family dies due to COVID-19.
According to the CDC (Centers For Disease Control And Prevention), the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Healthy ways to cope with stress
• Know what to do if you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19.
• Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth services).
• Take care of your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family.
• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Take care of your body.
• Take deep breaths, stretch, or  meditateexternal icon.
• Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
• Exercise regularly.
• Get plenty of sleep.
• Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
• Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
To learn more or seek help with dealing with the stress of COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in New Hanover County and across the nation; the globe.
As of anuary 12th, the COVID-19 case count was 266; a noticeable increase over the previous weekly count of cases. While our area has seemingly fought off  the drastic increases seen in other areas of the country, we are starting to see a spike in cases that we should pay serious attention to in order to work towards curtailing the spread of the virus.
Wear a mask, sanitize, social distancing, and help stop the spread.

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