Coronavirus has consumed almost every nation in the world. Even countries with world-class healthcare facilities are seeing the collapse of the system and are helpless in this battle against the invisible virus. Millions of people are infected with coronavirus and thousands of new cases are recorded each day. The spread of COVID-19 seems impossible to contain.It has not only caused failed medical systems but has forced many small-scale businesses to shut down forcing the owners to fire their employees. This has increased the unemployment rate, worsening the mental health of the people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Studies show the unemployment rate is more likely to increase as the year progresses.


How is COVID-19 affecting Recovery?

In a world where people already have a stigma around mental illness, COVID-19 has made it many times worse for those who are suffering and seeking medical care. Those who lost jobs or business are experiencing depression and other mental health concerns.For patients in recovery or those who are suffering from an addiction disorder, the feeling of being secluded from the world is a scary place. Loneliness often brings up past traumatic memories or habits which can cause a relapse.


The pandemic affects those in recovery:


There is no bigger enemy of a healthy mind than overthinking. Away from their usual routines, people may start thinking about the future that causes them sit and wonder for hours. 


If a patient in recovery is living alone during these unprecedented times, their mental health may be at risk. The current situation may put them in a place where they can bounce back to drinking or substance abuse keeping their support circle in the dark about what they are feeling. 

Lack of knowledge

Without a doubt, coronavirus is a deadly virus that is killing more and more people every day. The pandemic has quietly shifted everyone’s attention away from other health issues and diseases. For example, people with severe health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., are afraid to visit the hospitals because they are afraid to contract the virus.

Mental illness already faces a lot of discrimination and opposition from society, making it even more difficult to seek help in this situation. People in recovery may develop a notion their disease matters less than what’s already going on. This misconception keeps them from seeking medical attention as they try to deal with the adverse effects all by themselves. 


Here are some measures to help calm your mind:


For some, meditation is a rather boring activity, however, meditation is a powerful activity, and within a week of practicing, our brain structure starts to change. It helps increase focus, makes you feel good, and introduces more positivity to your life.

Invest time wisely

We’re all stuck at home and have ample time to dedicate our minds to something productive. Learn music, write something, or become a freelancer in a skill you’re interested in. There are many opportunities to earn from home if you have the right skill. Additionally, if you have something good to do on your schedule, it keeps your mind away from the negative thoughts.

Stay in touch with friends and family

Some of us are unable to meet with our families or friends. It is important to keep checking on our loved ones and know that they are in good health. Keeping in touch with family or friends also induces positivity in our minds. Also, a single ”I’m here for you” message can have the power to eliminate all worries.

Seek help

Some organizations are active amid this pandemic and can lend a helping hand to addicts and people in recovery. Make a call and explain the issue you’re facing. They can suggest and provide assistance. The best we can do is keep calm and deal with strive to have a positive approach to life.

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