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How the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted my mental health

Who would have thought that a virus from china could cause so much strife?

The coronavirus aka COVID-19 is like a tornado, everybody has been caught up in the storm regardless of race, gender, social status, whether you are a good person or a bad person or rich, or poor. ​

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How the Coronavirus affected me

The Coronavirus has not affected my life as much. When the coronavirus was at its worst during March and April 2020, I was going through mental stress. The constant negative news never made my recovery worse. I was always receiving coronavirus news on my mobile phone and I was tempted to read it, which I have done. But when I read the news or watched online news videos relating to Coronavirus, I became overwhelmed. For my mental health, I had to block all news notifications from my mobile phone.

Coronavirus restrictions

coronavirus jogging restrictions

When lockdown restrictions were implemented my main concern was my jogging. As the Jogging Queen, I can not live without my jogging as this keeps me physically and mentally in shape. The government never put restrictions on outdoor exercise and allowed this once a day.

The other restrictions never affected me because I do not go out to clubs or restaurants or cinemas. I only jog and buy my groceries and the majority of the time I make purchases online. At the beginning of the pandemic going grocery shopping was stressful. Weekly grocery shopping was like mission impossible. I had to wait in a long queue sometimes for 45 minutes as they were only allowing a certain number of people inside to shop.

Honey coronavirus
I am obsessed with honey

On occasions, I had to shop around different supermarkets as some of the shelves were empty. For example, if there was no honey at Lidl I would go to Morrisons to see if they had any honey. If Morrisons had no honey I would go to Asda to see if they had any honey. If Asda had no honey,I would go to the local grocery shop food in my area and buy bulk quantities of honey and other essentials. This saved me from going back and forth to different supermarkets waiting in a long queue which was draining and time-consuming. Also, there was a maximum limit to the canned foods I could buy, I could not purchase the quantity I wanted, I had to buy 3 of each.

Adjusting to the new normal

As I am recovering from mental stress, the coronavirus news is not as overwhelming as the first time, even though there has been a surge of corona cases and more restrictions are in place. ​​​​​ I now understand the impact COVID has had on the economy and on people’s livelihood. Due to lockdown restrictions, there has been an increase in domestic violence cases whilst other people have committed suicide. I experience this first hand as certain business services are slower due to staff shortage and also not being able to visit a family member in the hospital. Being in a public space like supermarkets I now have to wear a face mask, which was uncomfortable at first but now I have gotten used to it.

What Covid-19 has taught me

COVID 19 has taught me to be more grateful and humble. Covid-19 has taught me to prioritize my energy on important things such as my health, like personal goals, and my family.​​​ ​​​​​Also, Covid-19 has shown me that no one is superior to anyone and we are all in the same.

Whether you are an accountant or cleaner we all have to go to work to and earn money, pay bills, and buy groceries. If you fall behind your mortgage or rent payments you can lose your home and end up homeless regardless of your job status.

With COVID it has taught me that you cant prepare for bad situations, you have to be battle-ready. There is an old saying you don’t know what you have till it is gone which is correct. Before the coronavirus people had jobs, now everything is hanging on a string. There are people who are furloughed and worry if they going to be made redundant once the scheme ends. Whilst other people have been made redundant and are struggling to find a new job, pay their bills, and provide for their family

COVID​-19 has proven that the tides can change and you can find yourself in a bad situation that you thought will never happen to yourself.

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