Pandemic takes toll on mental health: Study

The coronavirus pandemic has not come alone but it has brought several problems and challenges with it. The coronavirus-induced lockdowns have forced everyone to drop their earlier normal life and adopt for a new one within a short period. Like within the past 6 months everything which was considered normal during the post-COVID world is not normal now. These new habits and norms like social distancing & virtual life is straining the mental health of people.


According to a recent study, around one billion people all around the world have a mental disorder such as depression or anxiety.


Moreover, according to a study conducted with 8,000 individuals by YourDost, an online mental health platform, college students are the most affected by the pandemic followed by working professionals.

Most of the mental health issues patients are between 25 and 40 of age, and most of them are men than women.

But Why?

There are several factors responsible for the mental breakdown among the adults during this pandemic but some of them are as follows:

  • Physical distancing- only communicating through video calls and technology over the past 6 months is putting a strain on the mental health of the people.
  • Constant feeling anxiety, fear, frustration, sadness, and loneliness.
  • Fear of job loss.
  • The increasing number of cases.
  • Uncertainty about the future.

How to boost mental health during the pandemic?

  • Meditation: It helps to clear thoughts and relax. Moreover, it also helps in increasing concentration power.
  • Massaging: Massages can help reduce muscle tension, improve flexibility, improve circulation, and ease up pain from injuries.
  • Proper exercise: Daily and proper exercising helps in removing tension and put positive effects on the brain.
  • Balanced Diet: Balanced diet is the best thing that one can do to keep oneself healthy.
  • 7-9 hours of sleep: Many health experts suggest that to keep your mind sound and healthy one must take at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night.


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