Centre for Mental Health says that the Covid-19 is a health emergency like nothing else in living memory. It has already been widely recognised that the pandemic will have major effects on mental as well as physical health. The evidence the Centre for Mental Health has reviewed shows that this must be taken seriously. Centre for Mental Health says that we need to be prepared for a rise in the number of people experiencing poor mental health, both short-term and potentially for some time to come.
The global Covid-19 pandemic is likely to increase the number of people in Britain experiencing a mental health problem in the next two years. To levels far greater than the aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis. If the recession that follows the economic effects of the virus is similar to 2008, about half a million more people will experience a mental health difficulty over the next year, according to an estimate by the Institute of Fiscal Studies. But if there is a second wave of Covid-19 and the economy is damaged further, the effects on mental health will be greater still, and last much longer.
These negative mental health effects are not just limited to people who are worried about their own employment. It is thought that there will be other stresses and strains. Brought about by the worry surrounding loved ones losing their jobs, health concerns and outlook for the future. Overall, even though we have the initial shock of the pandemic it is important we look after our mental health now. So that we are not brought down by the mental health hangover that is likely to come in the next few months.
Returning to work
The advice being given to companies returning to work is that although you might be feeling okay now it is likely there will be an after effect. Worries about finances, health concerns and loved ones can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. This can represent itself in feelings of heightened anxiety, hypervigilance, fear and loss of meaning. You may have gotten so used to these feelings that they feel normal. However, the best advice is to introduce something into your life now that can help prevent future mental health issues developing. One of the most effective treatments in the workplace for stress and anxiety is Mindfulness.
Mindfulness has been proven to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. It also increases feelings of positivity and resiliency to future stresses. Mindfulness helps by teaching us that we can’t control what happens with the coronavirus or the economy. But we can control how we respond to it. It does this through a series of exercises designed to reset your thinking patterns. So that you are better able to choose how you respond to any given situation. Mindfulness techniques are simple to do and easy to implement into a working day. This is one of the reasons they have become the most popular method to improve mental health in the workplace.
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