Mon. Mar 27th, 2023
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It is most difficult to share your dark episodes of fear and anxiety; but, it can also prove to be cathartic. Many students are still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic and we cannot forget about them.

By | Ayesha-Maria Di Tullio

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our lives as students. Many of us are confronted with difficulties that can be stressful, upsetting, and elicit powerful emotions both at home and at school.

Public health measures like social separation are vital to stop COVID-19 from spreading, but they can make us feel alone and lonely, as well as cause tension and worry throughout the day.

How is it possible for a virus to induce depression and other psychiatric symptoms?

Columbia University Medical Centre studies reveal that infections and mental health are linked. Rather than the pathogen’s direct effects, we believe that neuropsychiatric symptoms are caused by the body’s immune response to viruses and other pathogens, which trigger the release of cytokines systemically and locally in areas of the brain involved in depression and other psychiatric conditions.

The study also found that increased cytokines can interfere with the creation of essential molecules (neurotransmitters) that brain cells (neurons) utilize to communicate with one another, resulting in our normal behavioural and emotional responses to our surroundings.

You may suffer tension, anxiety, fear, despair, and loneliness as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. Mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, can deteriorate.

Hoping for mental health issues like anxiety or depression to go away on their own might exacerbate symptoms. If you have concerns or your mental health symptoms are worsening, seek treatment as soon as possible and be honest about how you’re feeling.

Just as I did…

I  reached out for assistance and spoke with a professional about what was going through my mind during those dark days. I was given the following three strategies to help me with some self-care:

  1. Relax – set aside some time to focus on yourself. Deep breathing, yoga, and meditation are all beneficial to many people and especially for myself. Relax by soaking in a bubble bath, listening to music, or reading or listening to a book. Choose a technique that works for you and put it into practise on a regular basis.
  2. Limit News Media Exposure – constant coverage of COVID-19 in all forms of media can instil fear about the disease. Limit your use of social media to avoid being exposed to rumours and misleading information. Limit your exposure to other news by reading, listening, or watching it, but stay current on national and local guidelines. Look for trustworthy sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and the World Health Organization.
  3. Connect With Others – avoid social isolation if you need to stay at home and isolate yourself from people. Make time each day to interact virtually via phone, FaceTime, or other apps. If you work from home, inquire about your coworkers’ well-being and discuss coping strategies. Enjoy virtual mingling and communicating with family and friends from the comfort of your own home.

If you notice this happening to someone, try to console them. In this case, doing nothing might make a person feel as if everyone is against them, or worse, that no one cares.

Your words have the power to make a difference; whether you’re a fellow Juggler, Administrator or Teacher, you can help those who are struggling.


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