Mental Health Issues Caused by Coronavirus

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

All of you know what it’s like to have to adapt to life altering changes. You’ve already been through this when you adopted Canada as your new home. That change, you chose and so for the most part, it was an adventure and you probably envisioned your new life, down the road, to be better/different from your old life.

But this Coronavirus has upended every aspect of our daily lives. This wasn’t part of anyone’s plans but it is the reality we’ve been dealt.

The Coronavirus is taking a huge toll on people’s mental health. Although some people might enjoy the solitude of working from home, or just not having the daily grind of going into work every day, others thrive on live, human interaction and face a higher risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues when forced to work from home. Others are front line workers, having to go to work amid this crisis and worried about their own health and the risk of bringing it home to their families.

The problem is that everyone is scared right now and that’s understandable. No one knows how this is going to go or when it will end, or when our lives will get back to “normal”.

There is a lot of reason to believe that through this ordeal and for a while afterwards, people might be having feelings of anxiety or depression.

So what can we do in the meantime, to help each other get through these rough waters?

Well there are the obvious things like, avoiding unnecessary travel and crowds, washing your hands often, wearing a mask and keeping your hands away from your face. But it also helps to keep in touch with your friends and family. It helps to know you are not in this alone and it gives us a sense of human contact. Talk to your kids. They probably have a general idea of what’s going on, but they should also know, to some extent, how this is affecting their family. Keep up with the news but don’t let it be the background noise of your whole day. It is overwhelming and often sad and terrifying. Small doses. Get some exercise and fresh air. It clears your head. These days we’re all tied to our computers, phones and tablets, but find some time for family entertainment like board games.

This isolation will end, whether it will be all at once or most likely, gradually. And what we will be walking into will be the “new normal”. It will be a learning curve for everyone.

What are some of the things that are stressing you out right now?

  • Kids needs?

  • Your needs?

  • Going outside – the new normal?

  • Getting enough exercise?

  • Nothing to do / too much to do?

  • Understanding the new rules?

  • Financial issues – How am I going to pay my bills? Can I get some financial assistance?

  • When will this end?

  • What if I or someone in my family gets Covid-19?

  • Will there be a job to go back to? And if so, will I have the same hours? How will the workplace have to change to make it safe for me to go back?

Do you have any other issues that are bothering you? How are you coping? What are you doing to keep healthy?

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