With ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland, the continuing mental strain is more prevalent than ever. Despite the commencement of the vaccine programme, a large part of the Irish population continues to struggle with remote working, lack of social engagement with others and separation from loved ones.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a major effect on our mental health as the lockdown period becomes more prolonged . Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.
Stress can often cause the following:
- Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what are the ways that you can help yourself, others, and your community manage stress?
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Consider limiting news to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
- Connect with others about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Explore TMS Treatment. TMS Treatment from Neuromed Clinic Dublin is a non-invasive treatment with 75% of patients experiencing an improvement in their depression and stress.
If you are struggling with your mental health in these very challenging times, contact Neuromed Clinic Dublin in Ranelagh today on +353 (1) 4068177 to discover how this ground breaking treatment can help your mental health recovery.