Covid-19: stress vs self-discipline

Covid-19: stress vs self-discipline

Today, Covid-19 continues to be the No. 1 problem for society. We humans share the same joys, sorrows, or hopes. The pandemic reminded us of how interdependent we are: what happens to one person could soon affect many others (even those on the other side of the planet). But after all, it is the most difficult tests that help us to get stronger. To do this, you just need to develop your calmness and foresight.

At the height of the quarantine in early 2020, small businesses “perished” and the streets of cities were empty, many people doubted that their lives would return to normal, and some reflected on the gloomy post-pandemic world. Few believed that life would ever be the same.

However, psychological research shows that most people bounce back. A striking example of this is Wuhan after the blockade. In August, the Chinese city hosted a massive music festival at the water park, where thousands of people thronged shoulder to shoulder at an outdoor pool party. There were no protective masks, and certainly no distance. Once the pandemic is over, similar events are likely to occur in other parts of the world.

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    The negative consequences of living in a pandemic are obvious – psychological stress, fear, serious global economic losses, overloaded health systems. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occurs as a result of the interaction of genes and environmental factors. For people with a genetic predisposition to some forms of OCD (such as pollution obsessions and forced cleaning), the stress of Covid-19 can trigger or worsen OCD. Some of these people may become chronic germophobes (fear of germs) if they do not receive the necessary treatment.

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    Finding a way out of the mental health crisis is virtually impossible, as the pandemic shows that the context of our personal and social life, our finances and our environment greatly affect our mental health. However, we are confident that it is possible (and necessary) to independently create conditions for good mental health and prevent mental disorders.

    During this period, our experts recommend planning your day in advance, going to bed and waking up at the same time, playing sports and following a diet. Indeed, yes, we cannot control natural disasters, pandemics and other events, but we can definitely control our perception of the world. And the first stage on the way to this is self-discipline.

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