Battling pandemic blues

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Young adults share insights on the state of their mental health during the ongoing health crisis

IT IS no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. Given the current circumstances, many of us have been experiencing difficulties functioning to our full capabilities in this new reality. Although social distancing is necessary for reducing the spread of Covid-19, there are detrimental effects to this public health action.

In fact, local reports suggest that long periods of quarantine can cause an intense feeling of isolation and loneliness.

This can result in stress, anxiety and depression. And as the pandemic carries on, the ongoing public health measures will only continue revealing more outcomes caused by the outbreak.

One particular social group that is at risk for experiencing negative mental health consequences is the millennial population.

To further understand the issue, theSun spoke to four young adults about the state of their mental health during this pandemic.

Louisa Liew, 24, social media executive

“My mental health has deteriorated tremendously since the pandemic. Aside from the fast-paced nature of my job, it is due to the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia.

“In fact, it is really no surprise that I have developed anxiety during the pandemic. What I have found useful would be to go on walks to take my mind off things and find the little things in life to appreciate.”

Sangeetha Supramaniam, 26, graphic designer

“Mental health is a fragile thing. I realised that if I do not pay careful attention and maintain it, I tend to spiral downwards. But things that have kept my mind stable during these times are my loved ones, my career and filling my time with exercise, movies and enough sleep.”

Our mental health has undoubtedly suffered as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, it is especially important to find healthy ways to cope with the pandemic. For instance, staying connected with loved ones and regular exercise can help relieve feelings of loneliness and isolation. If you are struggling to cope, do reach out for help.

Originally published on https://www.thesundaily.my/style-life/battling-pandemic-blues-MK8149781 by John Tan
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