Coping With Covid
A Painful Past
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1.1 The Coronavirus Pandemic is a worldwide historic event. It's intrusion into our lives and upon our routines will leave a lasting impression. Many of us have endured months of fear, uncertainty and concern for loved ones.
1.2 The imposition of lockdowns, social distancing and other public health protective measures have had a devastating effect upon people and societal institutions. Preliminary data indicates substantial increases in anxiety, depression, suicides and drug overdoses during the Pandemic lockdown period.
1.3 Psychologists warn that the symptoms of social distancing, broken routines, decreased activities, lost productivity and diminished enthusiasm can be signs of depression. They can also be causes of depression when those symptoms are forced upon us. When people are forced to avoid the persons, places and things that they cherish in life, they are deprived of the joy, social support and motivational triggers that had been creating stability in their lives. This can be unpleasant, and in some cases debilitating.
1.4 If you have noticed that you are not feeling like yourself, you are not alone. Most of us are suffering in some way. But even if it is not unusual to feel this way, you should not ignore it. Your school system is staffed by compassionate and qualified advocates who are eager to listen and guide you back towards happiness. Please reach out to them if you are struggling in any way.
1.5 Most people fell into a few poor habits during the lockdown phase of the Pandemic. It appears that teenagers were particularly prone to overindulgence in social media and video-games. This can negatively impact mental health, physical health and emotional wellbeing.
1.6 Experts say that teenagers should spend no more than 2 hours of recreational screen-time in any 24 hour period. Teens need at least 9 hours of sound sleep in order to function optimally and everyone should be spending at least 20 minutes exercising each day. By following these basic guidelines, you can ward off the negative impact of Pandemic restrictions and prevent this temporary phase from having a lasting impact upon your health or happiness.
1.7 You cannot stop this unpleasant phase from affecting you, but you can absolutely limit the negative effects it has on your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. In fact, with the right perspective and proper protective practices, you can grow stronger through this difficult period. We don't always have a choice as to what happens in our lives, but we always have a choice in how we respond. Decide today, that you will not allow this Pandemic to control your mood, your mindset or your motivation to succeed!
Many people underestimate how significantly their lifestyle choices affect their success and happiness. Sleep is one factor that has been studied extensively. Teens who get the proper amount of sleep have been found to perform higher on aptitude tests, have better mood regulation, report lower stress levels and express higher levels of optimism.
Experts recommend that teenagers get at least 9 hours of quality sleep each night in order to function well. Think about the amount of sleep you got last night. Was it more or less than 9 hours? If it was less, how could you adjust your routine to ensure 9 hours of sleep tonight?
Example: Last night I got 6 hours of sleep. I was watching Youtube videos until after midnight. Tonight I need to shut off electronics by 9 pm.
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