Studies have confirmed what we think we know but which we wished deep inside isn’t true—that the novel coronavirus outbreak is taking a heavy toll on the mental health of Filipinos.
One of the studies conducted during the early stages of the outbreak zeroed in on the panic response of people to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the findings of the study is that people from all walks of life have experienced moderate illness anxiety, regardless of their occupation or location.
The threat brought about by the pandemic has caused Filipino students, employees, and non-working individuals to feel unwell even if they’re not sick.
Although the situation created awareness about the role of wellness plans in having a strong immune system, it cannot be denied that feelings of fear, shock, sadness, and even paranoia also pervade for many people. You’re probably worried about your and your loved ones’ health, or the possibility of a financial crisis if and when you lose your livelihood.
Other statistics and findings show a similar trend:
- Nearly 7 in 10 employees said the COVID-19 pandemic is the most stressful period of their entire professional career. - AJMC
- Spending just two weeks in quarantine can be linked to serious mental health issues. - Geisinger
One way or another, the scenarios relating to COVID-19 can add to your worries. This is especially true when you think about not having enough control over what’s happening or how it can impact your life.
Yet, having a healthy dose of optimism is essential now, more than ever, to help pull you through during these tough times. The key is in paying attention to things that can contribute to a positive state of mind, allowing you to overcome difficulties and live a happy life.
Be sure to include self-care in your daily routine using a checklist, just like what’s in this infographic.