Pandemic’s Effect on Mental Health – How to Bounce Back from the Anxiety, Stress, and Depression


Since the pandemic began over a year and a half ago, four out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have reported psychological issues including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. These detrimental psychological effects impact our physical health, relationships, and overall life satisfaction. It has never been more important to take action to restore our psychological well-being. As we round the corner and start to come out from under the global fog, we must be vigilant in what we do and how we take care of ourselves if we are all to recover and thrive.

Here are six tips for bouncing back from the psychological effects of the pandemic.


1. Limit the amount of news you hear every day. Being informed is important, but too much information can damage one’s mood and sense of safety.


2. Engage in self-care. The mind-body connection is undeniable, so take care of yourself with meditation, exercise, a healthy diet, and good sleep.


3. Find time to relax and have some fun. Board games, charades, and movie marathons are good medicine.


4. Continue to connect with others via ZOOM, FaceTime, and outdoor activities. Be sure to avoid isolation as much as possible.


5. Develop resiliency, which is the ability to adapt when faced with adversity by accepting the current situation, knowing that it is temporary; keeping things in perspective by counting your blessings; and remaining optimistic. Remember even in our darkest moments, there is always something to look forward to.


6. Get help. Talk with a psychologist about what you are feeling. Because of the pandemic and desperate needs for mental health services, tele-therapy is widely available. Make use of it. You can work with a psychologist from your home until the world is ready for us to completely resume everyday activities. Until then, continue to take care of yourself and your loved ones. I look forward to seeing when the fog lifts.


By Dr. Sheila Forman

Forman is a clinical psychologist based in Santa Monica who provides teletherapy services. For more information, call 310-828-8004 or go to

www.DrSheilaForman.com

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