A new epidemic is surging across the globe as millions start to show pandemic and lockdown disorder symptoms.
The outbreak of COVD-19 stunned the world with its appearance, contagious ability, and fatality rate. No one saw it coming, and all countries struggled to deal, contain, and treat the virus bug, which is still raging strong in some places. As preventative measures such as lockdown are eased, people are re-emerging into a socially changing world. The pandemic has created a new world where distance and isolation play a significant role in social distancing, masks, and self-isolation.
Pandemic & Lockdown Adjustment Disorder – The 5 Major Symptoms
1. Feeling anxious
2. Sleep interruption and loss of appetite
3. Working too hard
4. Struggling around others
5. Low mood/depression
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, you may have pandemic-and-lockdown adjustment disorder (and NOT a hole in the soul). Don’t worry if you are suffering with the above symptoms; it’s a natural reaction to what the world has recently experienced and still is experiencing. Trying to take in the new way we all have to live outdoors, plus the added stress and insecurity around economic factors such as employment, living aid, and personal welfare that is reliant on funding, creates uncertainty. The mess we are currently in adds to a lot of people experiencing pandemic and lockdown adjustment disorder.
4 Positive Ways To Treat Pandemic & Lockdown Syndrome
Adjustment disorder is not permanent; it will pass. By taking some self-care actions, we can speed up the process of getting back to normal and feeling good. The recent pandemic and its consequences have affected practically every man, woman, and child on the planet. As well as implementing Government and medical guidance we can put in some extra effort to make sure we are looking after our mental/emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Talking with others about our experience with the pandemic and through lockdown can ease the sense of insecurity and isolation we feel. You will find that once you start to tell others about your experience, feelings, and fears around recent events, they too will begin to open up and share their experiences. Talking with others can help create an emotional catharsis from the pressure and stress held within. You can talk to family, friends, or neighbors face to face (where safe to do so), on the phone, a video call, or social media. If you feel there is no one you can talk to, then don’t worry, the NHS has compiled a list of support services you can get in contact with so you can speak with caring, compassionate, and understanding people that want to hear from you.
Get out of the home and go for a walk in nature or a local park. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and is a significant therapeutic action and acts as a balm for the soul. When we walk (especially in nature), we experience a rejuvenating biological boost to our system that promotes a healthy body and a sense of wellbeing. Not only does walking help how we feel physically, but it also provides a boost mentally and emotionally. Walking can place the mind in a meditative state, which brings a sense of peace and freedom — something we all sorely need after months in lockdown.
3. Write A Journal
Reflective writing or journal writing is a fantastic way to express and work through inner conflict and emotional stress. Ira Progoff, a psychologist, developed the Intensive Journal method in the 1960s to enhance mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness. The benefit of starting a pandemic and lockdown journal is the clarity and release it can bring by helping you explore and express your inner feelings, thoughts, and concerns. Another style of written therapy is called ‘Morning Pages.’ Morning pages are where the person starts to write as soon as they awake, catching the very essence of consciousness first thing in the morning. I prefer a coffee before I do anything in the morning, so the evening is the best time for me.
4. Get A Hobby
If you have not got one already, then now is the best time to get yourself a hobby. Hobbies are one of the best therapies for relaxing and rejuvenating the spirit. As your passion is unleashed, whether through making airplane models, painting a picture, or scuba diving, your whole being will experience a sense of freedom and purpose. Research has shown that hobbies alleviate stress, low mood, and depression while increasing a sense of happiness and relaxation. All in all, starting a hobby is a great way to improve mental health and overall wellbeing.