Managing Depression During The COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s my opinion that everything that has life has purpose. This pertains to people, animals and plants alike, even when we
are not aware of our purpose. Recently, we have been faced with a pandemic and the entire world is scrambling to adjust to this Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all being asked to do something that may go against our nature, in order to save lives and get this virus under control. We have been asked to “self distance.” For some, self distancing will prevent them from going to work, hanging out with friends, visiting family, or going to their place of worship. Although it would be challenging to make needed changes and conform to “new norms,” many will be able to make it happen. My concern is for individuals who are not able to easily make needed changes in order to cope with the loneliness associate with self distancing. These could include some of the following: individuals who live alone with no real supports, our elderly, the homeless and those who are unable to get needed items from the grocery store, due to the shelves left empty by hoarders. Depression is real and many people were working hard daily to cope with their depression before being introduced to COVID-19.
There are many things to do and techniques to use to help decrease feelings associated with depression. These could include a few of the following: listening to soothing music, taking a walk, sitting on the back porch with a cold glass of ice tea, talking to family and friends, watching your favorite movie or show, replacing negative thinking and patterns with positives and/or seeking professional help.
Salute to the ones who are able to make the adjustments needed to cope with COVID-19 and the ones who are close to finding solid ground again during this pandemic. However, if you are, or know someone who is experiencing depression due to COVID-19, experiencing uncontrolled feelings of sadness, feeling down, loss of interest in usual daily activities, experiencing grief, anxiety or just unable to cope with life’s daily challenges, please seek professional help. Fred Rodgers stated “I always found comfort in something my mother said. She would tell me that during times of disaster, Look for the helpers. You can always find people who are helping.”
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Until next time, live on purpose,