Coping with the Covid crisis is far from easy.
A recent article in The Lancet entitled,
The psychological effects of Quarantine and how to reduce it ( Brooks, Webster et al Lancet 2020, 912-20)
predicted that there would be an increase in mental health problems following quarantine. Comparing this time with previous experiences of quarantine led the authors to suggest that there would be an increase in depression, alcohol problems and post- traumatic stress disorder.
Many people have been dealing on a day to day basis with Death and agonising decisions. Front line workers and many others have been coping with serious anxiety. Anxiety can lead to feelings of shortness of breath, and there will be many who are concerned that they are affected, and those who are affected may be very concerned about passing on infection to others.
Generally the advice we have been given has been helpful. Social distancing, protecting those at risk and supporting and helping frontline workers has been practiced generally quite well although there have been many exceptions.
What about those who have been struggling with anxiety?
I did a recent interview regarding this and you may like to listen in full to this ( see below)
You might also like to listen to a talk on Anxiety and Stress management, in two parts, on the resources section of my website.
In many places we seem to be past the worst of the Covid crisis. In Northern Ireland, where I live, there have been several days with no further deaths from Covid which is very encouraging.
However, in many parts of the world Covid continues to rage. It is also so difficult to hear of children dying of malnutrition as a result of the Covid crisis. As a church here we have been able to pass food parcels to many people, particularly refugeesand charities continue to be most grateful for financial support to areas of the world hit hardest. As someone said
Covid won’t kill us but malnutrition will