Pandemic and mental health: what to do in this context?

_pandemic__

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriella Gomar, a second year medical student at Faculdades Pequeno Príncipe in Curitiba, Brazil. She is 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


Now a days, with the Coronavirus pandemic and the number of deaths because of it (that now is above 180 thousand), is dificult to maintain the mental health. Infectious diseases have an immense influence on mental health, because the population is often thinking about it and it’s consequences. A lot of people are developing psychological problems, such as anxiety, fear, depression, distress and insomnia. And that is why people need to calm down and do things to lessen the burden, although this is not a simple work.

The activities in grand part of the world are being developted online. Therapy and psychological sessions should happening online by platforms of comunication as well, because some people really need mental support, specially in this conditions. Therefore, local governments should develop psychological interventions to help the population to reassure and continue living as good as possible, within the situation we are all going through. Besides that, it is essential that people do not stay all day lying or sitting wearing pijamas, because their mind needs to understand that the individual is awake. Read books (and not just the noticiary), study, cook, clean the house, develop awareness campaings, spend time with family, take care of yourself and separe things for donation. These are simple actions that could be done to help when isolating. Moreover, it is better than staying at bed all day during this time.

Physical exercise is relevant in this pandemic context for all ages, because it maintains the individual’s body active, help muscles and increase blood circulation. Also reduce high blood pressure, can help to lose weight and reduce the risk of heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, and cancers – conditions that normally increase susceptibility to COVID-19. Exercising is very important for mental helth, because can reduce the level of depression, cognitive decline and improve overall feelings. Even who is not into exercising regularly, should use this time to discover which exercises like to practice it during the isolation time. For these and more reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) reccomends imensly that people practice physical exercise.

In this pandemic, children of all ages could express irritability and anger. What can parents do in this situation? They should be honest with their children, explaining the situation in a way that they can understand. Parents can use ludic and creative activities to help them in expressing themselves and have something to do. They also should be model for their children, and that is one more reason for them to manage their own stressors. The socio-economic aspect can influence on mental health of people, therefore the goverment of various countries can help their population with food and health condition, and this will influence on mental health too. In this pandemic, it is essential that population recognizes the importance of mental health for everybody, studying about and valuing it. This come together with having empaty, helping others too.

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32202646

https://covid19.who.int/

https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/healthyathome/healthyathome—physical-activity

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/news/news/2020/3/mental-health-and-psychological-resilience-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

About the author

Gabriella Gomar is a second year medical student at Faculdades Pequeno Príncipe in Curitiba, and member of the local Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) of IFMSA Brazil. She is interested in discovering more about the COVID-19, and also in undestanding people’s mind in this cenary. Now a days, she has classes at home and continues doing scientifical researches, reading articles and the worldwide news. She hopes Brazil and all the world get over this soon, and believes on scientific community studies. Personally, she is helping people as she can, with her knowledge and possibilities.

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

The AI doctor won’t see you now

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives

Data is the fuel of mobility. Don’t spill it for nothing

First EU collective redress mechanism to protect consumers

Study: Trade supports over 36 million jobs across the EU

World Food Day: here’s what the UN is doing to fix ‘intolerable’ wrong of hunger

Most people on the internet live in this country

1 in 7 people would choose not to fly because of climate change

Schaeuble wants IMF out and bailouts ‘a la carte’ with Germany only to gain

Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

The ECB must extend its money stimulus beyond 2018: Draghi reckoning

Logo Mania: A call to action to our crisis of connection

MWC 2016 LIVE: Qualcomm looks to pick up Hamilton’s winning ways

Berlin ‘orders’ the EU Parliament to compromise

Is it too soon to hope for a tobacco free Romania?

Trying to cure bank cancer with analgesics

UN sees progress in fight against tobacco, warns more action needed to help people quit deadly product

Our present and future tax payments usurped by banks

Gender equality: an issue much talked about but less acted upon

Health spending set to outpace GDP growth to 2030

Commission makes it easier for citizens to access health data securely across borders

How Britain’s backyard bird feeders are shaping evolution

Worldwide UN family celebrates enduring universal values of human rights

Can Eurozone’s uncertain growth answer the challenges that lie ahead?

Why the most important tool in healthcare is trust

Is the ECB ready to flood Eurozone with freshly printed money?

Is continuous sanctioning the way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis?

State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak

EUREKA @ European Business Summit 2014: Innovation across borders – mobilising national R&D funds for transnational innovation in Europe

Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief, in wake of lethal attacks

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Climate crisis and food risks, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, calls for calm in Kashmir

Foreign investment to be screened to protect EU countries’ strategic interests

This is what Belgium’s traffic-choked capital is doing about emissions

How COVID-19 could open the door for driverless deliveries

First do no harm. Why healthcare needs to change

Can green bonds help us manage climate risk?

The world wide web is 30. Here are 8 things you should know about it

These are the countries where most adults still don’t have a smartphone

Peer-to-peer learning: a way to develop medical students’ trainings

The eyes of Brazil and the world turn to the largest rainforest and largest biodiversity reserve on Earth #PrayForAmazonia.

3 ways governments and carmakers can keep up with the future of transport

What we can learn from Asia’s courts of the future

Iraq: Education access still a challenge in former ISIL-controlled areas

The impact of refugees on the European healthcare system

Parliament votes reform for better European Co2 market but critics want it sooner than later

The European Union and the United States reach an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

#TakeYourSeat at the UN Climate Change Conference: a way for all people to join the global conversation

Bullheaded Madrid authorities confront Catalonia with force

Draghi to lay his print on long term ECB policies prior to exiting next year

Why will Paris upcoming “loose” climate change agreement work better than the previous ones?

Is Data Privacy really safe seen through Commissioner’s PRISM?

Marking Sir Brian Urquhart’s 100th birthday, UN honours life-long servant of ‘we the peoples’

Tsipras doesn’t seem to have learned his “almost Grexit” lesson and Greece faces again financial and political dead end

How India is harnessing technology to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Here’s why the world’s recovery from COVID-19 could be doughnut shaped

4 bold new ways New York is going clean and green

Tusk fights back while charismatic Boris goes against everybody in Brussels pushing the UK to leave the EU now or never

From a refugee camp to Davos: one Co-Chair’s story

Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite ‘remarkable developments’ in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief

More Stings?

Advertising

Comments

  1. Nina Wietek says:

    HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS disease has been eating me up for over 3 years now without solutions, i tried looking for solutions online, and through hospital, they keep on giving me orientations about drugs that can extend my years. with his herbal remedy and knowledge he can cure you, i owe him greatly for healing me so if anybody need is help or you also want to get cured you can also contact him on his email address:{{Robinsonbuckler}} yahoo. com,…

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