The pandemic's toll on our mental health is staggering, but we can find joy everywhere

The Pandemic’s Toll On Our Mental Health Is Staggering, But We Can Find Joy Everywhere

The Pandemic’s Toll On Our Mental Health Is Staggering, But We Can Find Joy Everywhere.

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The pandemic's toll on our mental health is staggering, but we can find joy everywhere.

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Today the headlines dramatically illustrate the breadth and scope of the ill effects brought on by the Covid 19 pandemic. It has affected our lives in many ways from stress and alcohol to exercise and child care. In fact, there is hardly any part of our lives that has gone unscathed. Furthermore, as problems continue to rise, solutions do not readily present themselves:

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“…the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee said the pandemic is far from over, though countries are making progress in rolling out vaccines and treatments,” according to an article by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

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The Hill states, “The pandemic has made a multi-faceted impact in our lives, which has exacerbated existing mental health issues and created new cases of depression and anxiety disorders. We have had to deal with the effects of the virus on the brain as well as the body. We endured loneliness from extended shutdowns, sheltering in place and social distancing. The loss of daily structure of our pre-pandemic lives and the insecurity we experienced in its wake. Many experienced loss of income and long-term unemployment. Sleep difficulties are more prevalent, due to overwhelming anxiety, changes in structure and increased weight. The pandemic has stressed us emotionally, physically and financially. “

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NBC News has reported, “Stress from the pandemic has people struggling to make decisions large and small, with nearly a third of adults questioning even basic day-to-day choices, according to a new report.

“The American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, found that 32 percent of adults are so stressed by the pandemic, they sometimes wrestle with daily tasks, such as choosing what to eat or what to wear.”

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Healthline.com issued a report stating, “Many people in the United States may be drinking more alcohol as a way of dealing with the stress and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggest several surveys. Some may even have slipped into “gray area” drinking — that realm between healthy levels of alcohol consumption and a diagnosed alcohol use disorder.”

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Child care has taken a hit as reported by CBS News, “Across the country, there is a growing child care crisis. It’s a crisis made worse by the pandemic and stagnant wages.”

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These are but a small sampling of the problems we face today. So what is the answer?

Even though there are no magical answers to all the problems brought on by the pandemic, there are things we all can do to help ourselves and others.

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Start by focusing on the good things in life. This could be family, job, hobbies, or anything that is meaningful. Read something inspirational or motivational every day. Listen to a few uplifting podcasts.

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Take time every day to go outside. Take a walk without your phone in hand or earbuds. Observe the sights and sounds around you. Soak in the sunshine and fresh air. You’ll also feel better after getting some exercise.

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Try to take steps to interact with people every day. Share your story of how you or your family are doing under the circumstances. Soak in any encouragement that is offered and reciprocate as needed. Conversation and sharing offer hope to face a new day and new challenges.

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We know that consuming alcohol to deal with the stress of the pandemic will mask the problem instead of leading to a solution. But when times have been rough for so long, it’s difficult to recount the reasons not to drink alcohol.

Encourage friends or family to seek guidance before alcohol becomes a habit. There are ways to break the cycle and find positive ways to deal with stress. Kindness and encouraging words will help people find their way out of the negativity of the pandemic.

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Phone a friend or family member for an actual conversation. It’s more personal than texts. You can hear their voice or their laughter. The conversation is stimulating. Encourage each other to keep moving forward.

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Get enough rest. Sign off from your electronic devices early in the evening. Use the time to read, meditate, or other quiet activities.

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Be prepared to deal with the effects of the pandemic on your life for a long time still to come. But rather than allow the pandemic to cause worry or anxiety, use some of these suggestions to move towards living a positive and joyful life.

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Discover Your Joy

Be sure to grab your copy of Discover Your Joy, a daily devotional/inspirational book for the entire year. It’s also a great holiday gift for Moms, wives, aunts, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

I am honored to share this excerpt of an article by my publicist:

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It’s available on this websiteon Amazonand anywhere books are sold online.

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More JOY to INSPIRE You!

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4 Ways to Choose Joy

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