The 2019 Environmental Health Conference was a good venue for environmentalists (and entrepreneurs as well) to discuss and share their expertise on how the environment affects our daily life as well as our mental wellness as individuals. It was an excellent opportunity to listen to the talks there on how we can take care of our environment since it is taking care of us too. Indeed, having a healthy environment equates to a good life for every individual.
Never in my life have I thought that I would live to experience a pandemic in this lifetime. I used to watch documentaries about diseases like the Bubonic plague and Spanish influenza, after all. I felt devastated to hear that so many people died because of them. At the same time, I was thankful for not being born in the 20th century.
But then again, the coronavirus outbreak happened, and its effect appears to last as long as the illnesses mentioned above. Tens of thousands of people succumb to death daily in different parts of the world. The nurses, doctors, and other frontline workers need to take extra shifts to look after COVID-19 patients. Many hospitals cannot even accommodate all of them, so the government and various organizations create makeshift hospitals elsewhere.
No matter how much we wish for all this to be nothing but a bad dream, let’s face it: it is our new reality. Only the experts can alter it by inventing a vaccine that will immunize everyone from the coronavirus. Until then, we need to think of ways to cope with the situation, such as doing talk therapy.
You can do it by:
Expressing Your Feelings To Loved Ones
The first individuals who can lend their ears to you are your parents, siblings, cousins, and other loved ones. You can tell them everything, from your concerns to your fears. They will undoubtedly be there when you call them.
I suggest opening up to your loved ones about how you feel about the coronavirus outbreak because you have a close relationship with them. There is no need to act tough or sugarcoat your words whenever you are around them. Thus, all your deep-seated emotions may be able to come out and keep depression at bay.
Empathizing With Patients’ Relatives
In case you have already spoken to your family, and it does not seem enough, you may try talking to the patients’ relatives. Indeed, since they cannot visit their loved ones in the hospital, they must be worried sick and always waiting for news about their health.
To empathize with the patients’ relatives, you need not leave your job to look for them. Typically, you may find them in the lobby or right outside the hospital. Just take time to chat with them and assure them that you are all doing everything to help them heal. Even if you don’t stay in touch, being able to connect to others can make you feel better, albeit slightly.
Getting Help From A Licensed Therapist
If all else fails, licensed therapists are available to talk to you about your worries. You may ask your friends and family if they recommend a mental health professional, who may conduct a consultation online. You can also visit an online counseling platform for a quick conversation with a therapist at any time of the day.
The benefit of getting help from a licensed therapist is that they know how to guide through your emotions. They have prepared for it for years; you may not be the first person to come to them for similar issues. So, you should not feel self-conscious while spilling all the beans in front of them.
We may continue to feel the effects of the coronavirus outbreak until the end of the year (hopefully). Governments may lift their quarantine orders sooner than later, but the virus is still far from being gone. It entails that you may experience more depressing things, which will add to your psychological burden.
The only solution to avoid snapping permanently at this point is talk therapy. Try it now before your situation worsens.