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  • Writer's pictureAl Tyers Therapy

Covid and Mental Health

Coronavirus is having a huge impact on life for all of us, and the mental health consequences of Covid-19, lockdown and the government response to the pandemic are serious – and still emerging. For some people it might be anxiety about catching Covid-19, or financial worries and job loss, for others is might be loneliness and isolation as a result of not being able to see friends and family. The virus is affecting all of us in different ways, and very many people are experiencing anxiety, worry, panic or depression about Coronavirus and what the future holds.

Cells of SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, are shown under an electron microscope
A transmission electron microscope image from NIAID shows SARS-CoV-2 cells

What can we do?

Firstly, it is important to acknowledge that we are in an extraordinary time. None of us has experienced anything living through a global pandemic before. Doctors and public health bodies have given us advice about how to stay safe and avoid spreading Coronavirus, but there has not been as much focus on the mental health aspects of the pandemic. It is okay to acknowledge to ourselves, to our families, friends, people at work and college, that this is a strange and confusing time for us and that we are all feeling it in different ways.

Secondly, we can take the appropriate physical and environmental precautions. Not everyone is assessing the risk of catching or spreading the disease in the same way: perhaps we are being very cautious, or we have a more come-what-may attitude. It can be difficult when we come into contact with people who have a different understanding to our own.

Thirdly, we can try to look after ourselves as best we can. It is important to take time for our mental health: to acknowledge that we might be going through a tough time and perhaps also to recognise that times can and do change. Here's a few practical thoughts.

Some strategies that might be helpful for good mental health during Covid-19

  1. Try to get outside at least once a day, in the daytime.

  2. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge you may feel slower or lower than usual.

  3. Don't be afraid to give yourself treats, to find joy.

  4. Try to connect with other people.

  5. Reach out for help if you need it.

If you're having a tough time during lockdown, or are struggling with feelings about Covid and the pandemic please get in touch with me or 07961 601 275 and we can talk about how therapy can help you


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