“ is it possible to feel sad, happy, hopeless, frustrated, and anxious all at the same time? because this is exactly how I feel. I am constantly burned out. Money is just going out and never coming in. it explains why I am happy one minute and sad, the next, It’s kind of exhausting you know..”
…. Modupe, 30 (an extract from a recent chat)
It is understandable if you feel the same intense emotions as Modupe. We sometimes do too. As the Covid-19 continues to ravage the world, it is indisputable that it poses a threat to our mental health. There is widespread panic caused by the economic downturn, business shutdown, and the nonstop flow of information on the virus. Worrying about the future, your job, family, and survival is part of the unsettling experience we have to deal with. But you don’t have to deal with them alone. Here are tips on how to cope with these lockdown depression triggers.
- FEELING OVERWHELMED
For some reason, 24 hours fly quickly in the lockdown and there is not enough time to complete a task. If you’re constantly feeling tensed and stressed, focus on taking deep breaths. This will help to revitalize your energy levels. Also, you should take walks whilst listening to your favourite playlist. Remember to take it one day at a time. Focus on today, tomorrow will take care of itself.
- JOB LOSS
Getting laid off from work can send financial fear rushing down the spine. Add the feeling of rejection and fear of the future and you have more reasons to be depressed. However, know that no matter where you go or the situation, it is your attitude that determines how bad or good it will be. Relish the pain. See it as an opportunity to start over. Perhaps chase your dreams, be proactive, start that business, write that book, or take the break off to re-strategize. Life is what you make of it and that begins with how you cave out an opportunity out of a challenging situation.
- RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
Sometimes depression can affect the state of your relationship. Talk to your partner about how you feel- struggles and anxieties. Some days you have to be vulnerable, let your guard down and just let go of all the stuff holding you back. Life is too short to be angry with yourself for being human. Also, you can revive the relationship by organizing a romantic date night in your home and if you’re miles apart, via video conferencing.
- FINANCIAL CONCERNS
It is okay to feel stressed about money but do not focus on what you do not have now. Rather, concentrate on improving your financial stability by creating multiple sources of income through businesses. Draw up a budget you can work with. Caught down on expenses by prioritizing what you want from what you need. Don’t forget to stow away a certain amount daily or weekly. No amount is too small to save.
In addition to these tips, exercise often, get enough sleep, and eat well. Remember to appreciate what you have in front of you now. Even if you don’t feel too good, cherish the journey. Admire the hard work you’re putting in. you’re doing fantastic.
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