By: Siddharth Manne
Quarantine wasn’t easy for anyone. You weren’t the only one who sat in your chair, exhausted to get up, and stressed about online school. Everyone wanted to meet their friends, go outside, and go back to school. We all felt it. Our mental health was greatly affected by this untimely pandemic, although it allowed us to realize how sensitive this element of our health is, and how incredibly important it is to care for it.
Depression, anxiety, dependency on phones, boredom, eating disorders, and the inability to cope with isolation was experienced by students globally last year. According to an experiment conducted by the NCBI on 505 students, 28.5% had stress, 33.3% had anxiety, and over 46% had mild-severe depression. Why? Students have social lives, and usually hang around friends, and often even large groups of people in school. Quarantine began abruptly, and none of us had any time to prepare for it mentally. Additionally, if their family contracted the virus, the social stigma added to infection deeply affected students’ personal lives, while issues circulating in their families, such as financial challenges overwhelmed their mental state.
Mental Health is the basis for how we think, feel, and cope with our daily lives. Practicing stress-management techniques, exercising, connecting with others, and eating well all contribute to a healthy mental state. In order for us to stay positive, work productively, and realize our full potential, we must take care of this essential aspect of our health. Although lockdown caused many of us to hide behind work to avoid or run away from our problems, the start of tackling these issues is facing them head-on, which many of us chose not to do in quarantine. However, there was a shift in introspection during this period, with people beginning to show more attention towards their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Quarantine will be remembered as a time of hardship, stress, and self-reflection. All these elements merged into one short period. Although some of us had a harder time than others, many of us bounced back. We adapted to staying at home, and we accepted that what we were doing was for the betterment of our community. This period allowed us to understand the importance of our mental health, how to take care of it, and how it can affect our lives in a profound way.
Sreenidhi International School Counsellor
"What Is Mental Health?" MentalHealth.gov, 28 May 2020, www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health.
"The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health & Wellbeing Among Home-quarantined Bangladeshi Students: A Cross-sectional Pilot Study." PubMed Central (PMC), Dec. 1, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7410816/.
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