The mental domain in times of a pandemic

sunset bench

(Jude Beck, Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Brendon de Almeida Nunes and Giovana Lisboa Campos, students of the third yeat of medicine school at Unicesumar. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


The scenario is drastic. Every day there is an increasing need for treatments for mental disorders and a profound deficiency in the mental health situation around the world. Although, the data show an inversely proportional involvement to the purchasing power, all classes are at risk of experiencing periods of depression in their mental health. Such conditionsoccur as a result of people’s quality of life, and social isolation acts as a important factor for this predisposition and evolution of psychiatric conditions.

The mental health according to WHO is “a state of well-being which an individual perceives his skills, can deal with everyday stresses, can work productively and is able to contribute to his community”. In this way, we understand that the links with others contribute a lot to our mental health.

There is no magic recipe or solution to improve our mental health, and each individual responds differently to isolation experiences. However, there are many ways to relieve tension and seek to maintain good living habits during this period.

Starting with the family nucleus, which is the main cause of disagreements. At this period we spend most of the time with our family members. The creation of a routine is essential for we do not lose track of time, having times to wake up, eat and sleep mainly. After that, we can establish group activities, on specific days of the week, such as board games or mime, family cooking and other similar activities. The process of cleaning the house usually causes a lot of inconvenience and the tasks must be evenly distributed to avoid fighting. We can also adopt family cleaning, gardens, the house and the yard, for example.

Regardless of how harmonious your family relationship is, as the days goes by these bonds become weak, and habits that were previously unnoticed, become auncomfortable. That way, we can use features like video calls, to talk to friends and distant family members. Here creating a routine is also important, as the days goes by and we ended up forgetting many tension relief points.

Physical exercise is a fantastic escape valve at this point, and the recommendations exist in every corner. They have advantages in decreasing cortisol levels and also gives us endorphin. Exercises can be the most varied, and dance is one of the main models to use in a group, and can become a lot of fun with the family.

Some families are made up of few members, or even individuals alone. In these cases, we have several forms of communication to talk to. Alternatives from each country have its “solidarity call”, in which people offer them selves free to talk in this quarantine.

In short, I see a greater outcry for mental health in recent years, and the current situation compared to COVID-19 only exacerbates an existing problem. It is up to each of us to seek to relieve stress points, be more communicative and patient, helping both us and those are around us.

About the authors

Brendon de Almeida Nunes and Giovana Lisboa Campos are students of the third yeat of medicine school at Unicesumar. Brendon is Local Officer on Natiotal Exchange – Director at IFMSA Brazil Unicesumar and Local Coordinator at IFMSA Brazil. He is part of the university's oncology and hematology league and works in campaigns, lectures, workshops, courses and other actions of the local committee. Giovana is an aspiring local coordinator and is part of the local exchange team. Both intend to grow a lot in the development of research that involves several themes

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

How the world’s best teacher is changing lives in Africa

Member States and Commission to work together to boost artificial intelligence “made in Europe”

Nitrate pollution of water sources: new impulses for EU Water Policy?

Can indoor farming feed the world?

EU leaders agree on 2030 Climate and Energy Package: is “flexible” brave enough?

This German supermarket’s shelves are filled with food other stores won’t sell

This 3D-printed steak could help us reduce meat consumption

Biodiversity ‘fundamental’ for global food systems, at “heart’ of development – UN agriculture chief

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN: Elections serve up food for thought, for Afghan youth

This young scientist is tackling food insecurity for the world’s most vulnerable groups

Longer hours, more emails and shorter meetings – working from home in the time of COVID

‘Global care crisis’ set to affect 2.3 billion people warns UN labour agency

Civilians ‘continue to pay highest price’ in Ukraine conflict, with peace prospects losing ‘momentum’

3 things to know about our Sustainable Development Impact Summit

Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

EU Parliament: The surplus countries must support growth

Eurozone at risk of home-made deflation and recession

‘Collective amnesia’ over causes of global financial crash – human rights expert

World ‘off track’ to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger, food security and nutrition

Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis, warns UNICEF

Eurozone: The crisis hit countries are again subsidizing the German and French banks

Eurozone: Disinflation engulfs the industrial goods sector

A Sting Exclusive: “Leading by example! EU must push for UN deal to avoid dangerous climate change”, European Parliament Vice-President Ulrike Lunacek cries out from Brussels

Sweden is fighting loneliness by housing older and younger generations together

Keeping cool in the face of climate change

Mobile Technology in Nowadays Medical Practice: Is It a Safe Path?

“Working together to make a change at the COP 21 in Paris”, an article by Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU

A jingoistic Spanish ‘war’ from the past

Security Union: political agreement on strengthened Schengen Information System

Leaders making these 5 key investments can shape an inclusive future

Over 330,000 Congolese migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola – UN rights chief

An all-out fight for the EU budget

In Venezuela, Bachelet calls on Government to release prisoners, appeals for ‘bold steps towards compromise’

Colourism: How skin-tone bias affects racial equality at work

EU attempts to make new deal with Turkey as relations deteriorate

These countries create most of the world’s CO2 emissions

Will Europe be able to deal with the migration crisis alone if Turkey quits the pact?

Brexit: Six more months of political paralysis or a May-Corbyn compromise?

“The winner is who can accelerate the transition to a new digital era”. The Sting reports live from EBS 2015: a Digital Europe 4.0

UN global education envoy urges new funding for ‘lost generation’ of children forced out of classrooms by conflict

Where are the world’s nuclear weapons?

Will the EU ever tackle the migration crisis despite the lack of political will?

‘Dire consequences’ for a million children in the Middle East, North Africa, as funding dwindles

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Unprecedented Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to Combat Climate Change

Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports

Climate change: new rules agreed to determine which investments are green

Currency Union might not let an independent Scotland join the EU as the “Yes” front now leads

Data protection: Commission decides to refer Greece and Spain to the Court for not transposing EU law

The Cold War had an unintended side effect: It created a European wildlife paradise

Cholera surges, children in urgent need one month after Cyclone Idai slammed southern Africa – UNICEF

EU Emissions Trading System does not hurt firms’ profitability

How AI and satellite imaging can stamp out modern slavery

“A sustainable economy, low-carbon, resource-efficient, resilient and more competitive on the global stage”, EU Commissioner Vella in a Sting Exclusive

DR Congo: Ebola response resumes despite ‘risky environment’

Are Halloween pumpkins a problem for the planet?

Suicide Prevention: Using Graduation as a Transformative Tool

WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak

We need to give voice to ‘We the Peoples’, says UN chief

Medical deserts in the European Union: the practicalities of universal health coverage

Water scarcity is a growing problem across the Middle East. Is this how we solve it?

More Stings?

Advertising

Comments

  1. tanaka_tkzy says:

    Keep It Up Brendon and Giovana. Well articulated and informative piece right there. I realised my family is doing a great job. We are doing quite a lot together from chores to leisure. We dance a lot in laughter. Doing funny routines. We are happier and mentally well i presume. Thanks for sharing. You are representing Brasil Well!💚✔🔥

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s