Fear, stress and uncertainty have spread across the world with the Covid-19 impacting human life. Most of the countries have imposed lockdown measures and encourage social distancing. However, with the virus dominating and most of us compelled to stay at home, many other issues have emerged. These issues mainly include domestic violence and mental health issues affecting both young and adults.
What can we do in a situation like this to help each other? It is important that we check on each other, call and video-chat, and are mindful of and sensitive to the unique mental health needs of those we care for. Anxiety and fears among children and elderly should be acknowledged and better understood and addressed.
How will Covid-19 affect the mental health of children?
Schools are closed in most parts of the world and children are likely to be experiencing worry, anxiety and fear. Children may also no longer have that sense of structure and stimulation that is provided by the school environment and meeting their friends is no longer an option. Lack of social support which is essential for good mental well-being might have a negative impact on children.
As parents what can you do to ensure that children are well looked after? These include few simple strategies such as offering youngsters the love and attention that they need to resolve their fears, and being honest with children, explaining what is happening in a way that they can understand, even if they are young. In addition, parents can help children with their creative activities, having a daily routine, and bringing a structure to their lives.
How will Covid-19 affect the mental health of elderly?
Elderly with other underlying health conditions are categorised as the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. As a result it’s inevitable that they feel angry, stressed or anxious. On the other hand, the aged population who are already having mental health issues such as dementia and cognitive decline will be badly affected. Loneliness at this time can be extremely stressful for them. As a senior citizen what can you do to look after your health at this critical time? Engage in activities that give you a sense of achievement, go through some physical activity and maintain social connections via digital media.
However much you try to keep the balance during such uncertain times, there could be instances where you feel you need some professional help. Our therapists at McLean Counseling Center are here to help you cope with whatever comes up as you process your feelings. All our therapists at our center will offer online teletherapy until the outbreak is better understood and contained. Whether you’re a new or existing patient, our compassionate experts are waiting on the other end of your screen.