Mental Health during the pandemic Covid 19



World On hold under siege

The current pandemic virus has put the world on hold and has been the biggest challenge for the whole world since WW2. We are all more stressed as we can not avoid the pandemic on the TV, Internet, public places we are constantly reminded of it daily.



So what can we do to stay positive

Well first of all avoiding negative news sounds easier said than done. 

I know in the past I would watch sky news ,read paper every day and have the daily mail and sky news app on my phone.


I would click on news apps 6,7 times a day and afterwards I always felt negative and sad seeing the constant bad news about the virus around the world as well as constant war or other bad news.

My advice is avoid the news as much as possible, only watch it maybe once a day say the 6pm headlines rather than checking every few hours you will notice you feel better.


Twitter


If you use twitter you can block some words and subjects for example COVID-19
so it wont show any posts with the word COVID-19.

How to


Block the trolls

People will go out of there way sometimes to insult you,make you feel down and depressed 
these are just trolls who want a reaction.

I would often get involved in discussions on twitter with trolls
This started when I would post one of my art photos to promote my art-shop on twitter.

The Trolls would send me comments like
(you call that art loser) or just random swear words etc of course people will have opinions we all do.



The way trolls are different is they will carry on with nasty comments until you respond and argue with them.

I have had people send me messages when I put that I had been in the British army on my twitter bio blaming me for Iraq.

If they see your getting upset or angry they will like this that is way you should never respond to them.

The best way to deal with the trolls is just to block them and ignore them or even report them to twitter to get there account closed.

People spend all day on social media stalkers looking for arguments it could even be someone you know on an anonymous profile trying to insult you.

If they know a little about you for example a work colleague
they could know you often talk about losing weight and then they would try troll you on twitter looking for an opportunity to bring the subject up.

Which is again why I say if you join these site use an anonymous profile and only let your close friends know you could even have a few profiles one for friends etc the other for say your blog etc.








Have hope we will get there

If you want updates on the pandemic news developments use a proper government source.
At the moment there is a lot of fake news around the internet (Facebook,YouTube,Twitter) even on some news channels.

Keep positive we will come out of this soon this pandemic has made a lot of countries work together on vaccines all over the world and they are learning more and more everyday we just have to ride out the storm and not give up hope.





Uneducated trolls

Ignore the people that say masks don't work they do work it would be like saying to a fireman
respirator masks don't work while it was saving his life in a fire stopping him inhaling fumes and smoke.

I am not going to get into the face mask stuff as it will be bringing up the pandemic etc if you want more info have a look at my other post on masks.

Also don't judge people if you see them without a mask they may have a health reason so can not wear a mask. 

The only person you should be concerned about wearing a mask is yourself you can not go up to random people and say where is your mask.




Supplements

I take Vitamin C 1000mg tablets and Zinc Tablets 40mg every day as this has been proven to help the body during times of stress and illness, scientists are also claiming taking Vitamin C,D and Zinc has had positive effects on the human body to keep it strong.

At the end of day the Zinc and Vitamins short term use are not going to do you any harm if you do not have a varied diet you may be low on many vitamins.

You have to remember the more stressed you are the harder the body is going to work so you need to keep strong and treat your body well.


Always seek doctors' advice before you start taking supplements and vitamins as most are meant for short term use and should not be used to replace nutrition from natural food.



What can we do in the meantime

The key is to keep yourself busy if you are sat in front of a TV constantly you will be reminded of the pandemic with adverts on TV and charities etc asking for money due to the virus.

Watch TV when you have nothing else to do.
Sit down with a drink (Non alcoholic) and relax at the night. 

Have some time for yourself something to look forward to.
For example a TV series box set
that you can get into.

Just think to yourself yes I can watch Chernobyl, Lost tonight I wonder what happens in the next episode?


You need to have a time when you're not thinking of the pandemic,money,work or anything that is causing that stress.

If you feel a bit down go watch an old movie from when you were young.
takes a few mins online to stream the movie or buy it etc.

I guarantee it will make you feel better.

For example when I see (The Goonies) movie on TV.
I always watch it must of seen it 100 times by now why do I watch it
not fully sure all I know is it occupies my mind and makes me feel happy.


Look back on your child hood find that old movie that you would watch over and over again find that part in a movie that made you happy like a good ending.
 
There is many films like that ET, Never ending story, etc


When you was a kid you always had a favorite few movies that you would watch here is an example of what I mean a clip from The Never ending story and ET.



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Start a hobby


We all need a hobby so stress and worry is not on our mind constantly something that will relax us and be good for our mental health.

  • Learn a new language (Spanish etc)
  • Watch a new TV series (Chernobyl, Lost,Narcos,breaking bad)
  • Learn to paint
  • Learn to take photos
  • Write a blog
  • Look up your past (My heritage ancestry
  • Have a DNA test to see your heritage
  • Speak to people over the internet pen-pals
  • Learn to cook,make cakes etc

  • Try new recipes
  • Get in shape fitness start exercising 
  • Learn music instrument guitar,drums etc
  • Write Music
  • Share your knowledge online helping others
  • Start a YouTube channel
  • Volunteer online for some charities
  • Make candles,Soap,Clay, Crystals crafts etc
  • Sign up for an online course,qualification

You will see from my other post that I started photography as a hobby I had never even considered doing. 

I remember seeing photographers many years ago 
thinking why do they take photos etc?

I find photography has helped my stress levels and keeps my mind off pandemic. You need to find your hobby to do the same.

The minute negative thoughts come into your head think no thanks not today. 
I am going to go paint, exercise or go listen to some music or watch your favorite TV show.

Even putting on a comedy show to have a good laugh will ward off that negative feeling away.


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Reach out

If you get to the point where the stress or anxiety is making you ill and you just feel
down reach out to someone such as friend.

I am not a mental health expert so I can only see things from my own personal point of view and my friends etc.

There is nothing weak about reaching out 
some of my friends have served all over the world in many war zones been through hell
and they are not weak and they have reached out for help.

In fact they are some of the strongest people I know.






Success and fame


Many famous people suffer with anxiety and depression.

Don't think If I was famous and successful or had money etc I would be Ok no depression and anxiety can effect anyone.

One good example is from supermodel Sara Sampaio she made a video where she describes her own issue with anxiety and how she got help.

I respect Sara for having the courage to speak out in public as there is many people who are successful who would not be honest and speak out as they think it would affect there career.


If you wish to follow Sara Sampaio she is on twitter and Instagram.
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Anxiety

Most of us get anxiety and many people have anxiety attacks I did often. 
Many people won't admit having anxiety thinking some one is going to call them crazy or weak.

Well no you are not crazy and no you are not weak. Anxiety affects around 40 million people in the United states so you can imagine how many people are effected worldwide
Anxiety can be treated so don't lose hope.

  • Therapy CBT
  • Natural remedies
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication
From my own personal experience to much caffeine and alcohol seemed to make my anxiety worse.

For example when I had been on a night out drinking beer the next morning I would wake up really on edge and have anxiety.

I thought it was just myself for a long time until a few of my mates said they had anxiety the morning after heavy drinking apparently it is quite common.

There is many different things you can try to ease anxiety besides the most common treatments.

Here is some you could try:

  • Yoga
  • Medication
  • Painting
  • Exercise
  • Gardening
  • Fresh air get out in nature
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy

Drugs and alcohol

Have you ever wondered why drugs such as cannabis and cocaine are so popular or why so many people drink alcohol?

The answer is simple it helps numb peoples pain short term or so they think. 

Many people will use drugs and alcohol to get rid of there suffering the problem is it may give the person a short relief a (high) feeling. 

But the long term effects of taking drugs or consuming large amounts of alcohol is not going to be good for you.


Drugs

The problem is taking drugs in the end is going to kill you that is a fact if not it will change your life to the point where you could lose everything. 

A few of my friends have died due to drug use. 

First they started smoking weed then went on to pills then Cocaine and eventually was taking them all together and overdosed and died.



Many celebrities have also fallen to the fate of drugs Heath Ledger,Elvis,Jim Morrison,Amy Winehouse to name a few.

The main issue people find is when they have not had there fix (Drugs)  they start to feel depressed again.

So they want that feeling to go away so they use more and more drugs,and they get a dependency to them and they will either overdose or crave more and more.

Avoid drugs as much as possible I know its hard but they will be your downfall.

I have seen it in my friends. They don't wake up one morning and think I will stop today and go college and get a degree.

No they ended up destroying their life's and others.
Get help there is plenty of online groups like (FRANK) now that can help and they are confidential they don't want to know any details they just help to get you off the substance.



Alcohol

Beer is the same if you drink to much it is going to give you liver failure and eventually kill you.

Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with having a few glasses of wine etc to relax at the end of a long week.

The problem is when your drinking to try get rid of feeling depressed
trust me it wont help I have done it myself on the weekends.

I would drink maybe 20 bottles of beer flavored vodka bottles like lemon and lime.

It was a nice taste so it was like drinking lemonade and you could drink maybe 3 or 4 bottles in 10 minutes. 

You did not feel drunk until you went outside and the fresh air hit you then it was a sudden rush and you felt the alcohol content then.

I think the lemon vodka bottles had around 4% alcohol per bottle.

I would drink at least 20 bottles while in a club,pub they did not seem to make me drunk and on the weekend nights I just drank to feel better the worse part is I had work in the morning so was feeling depressed about that as I hated the job. 




I stopped drinking when I had problems with my kidney not caused by the alcohol. 

I got e-coil in my kidney and was passing blood. I will be writing a post about that soon so will add a link when I have completed it. 



Gambling

Gambling is often overlooked by many people as many people don't see the harm it can have but you have to remember people who have an additive personality or are low on cash may think they can be lucky at the local casino or bookies.

I put the lottery on every week but I see that as one win will change your life forever rather than say winning small amounts in bookies. 



I don't go bookies or casinos besides myself being bad luck.

I just don't think I would win look at it this way if a lot of people won would the bookies or Casino still be open?.


Paul and the roulette machine

Here is an example of a guy I worked with I will use the name (Paul) not his real name.

Every dinner time at work we would get our dinner and go sit in the local bookies
I did not put any bets on but he did.

I had not long since started the job and we was working together so he was showing me where everything was etc.

In the bookies
I would just talk to the other people in there the regulars etc while I was eating my dinner.

Now everyday Paul would spend maybe £20 on the roulette machine he would win some times but mostly lose.

I remember one day we had not had any wages for a few months due to new company taking over our jobs we got paid monthly so we both got out wages on the Friday afternoon he got around £800
now we was both on minimum wage so £800 is a lot of money.





So we went in the bookies I sat there eating my dinner.

Paul was on the roulette machine after about 10 minutes he walks over to me says I just won £1400 I said nice one and jokingly said you buying the drinks tonight. 

I said I am going outside to get some air about 15 minutes later Paul walks outside to me and says have you got a £1 in change I said sure thinking he had not cashed his £1400 winning ticket in yet
so I says you cashing your ticket in?

Paul replies no I lost it all I had £1400 won £1800 got it to £2300 lost some got it down to £500 and then lost it all
I said your joking?.

No he replied every penny gone I said at least you got your work wages
no he replied I put that in as well.



So Paul says to me his wife is going to go mad. He says to me he needs to throw his jacket away and house keys and tell his wife he got mugged and that they took his jacket with his monthly wages of £800.

I said what you on about don't be stupid someone could find your house keys and use them on your house door.

He says my wife will throw me out if she knows I spent the months wages in the bookies.

I said look I can lend you a little cash just for bills etc but don't be gambling it and to be honest it is non of my business but maybe you need some help with your gambling problem.

Yes he said I do I lost £500 the other day that I borrowed off someone. I said well you can pay me back the money I lend you in installments anyway he went and got some help with gambling and stooped going in the bookies. 

I thought I would share this story as many people just don't know how gambling can be a big problem.


Doctors

Speaking to your doctor can be a good idea many people do not know why they feel down
and depressed it can be caused by many causes.

No your not crazy anxiety and depression can have many causes.

Even some lack of vitamins,sunlight etc
can make you feel sad this is where a doctor can help.

There is many things a doctor can advise that may help.

  • Talking to specialists
  • Medication
  • Change of diet
  • Lifestyle change


If you don't want to share your personal life with your friend or doctor.

There is many online charity's that can help with anxiety,depression,alcohol addiction or drug addiction. I have listed some below click the links to find out more info hope it helps.



Always a light


Don't suffer in silence there is always someone to talk to this year has been a tough one for all of us
we will get thorough this fight and come out strong I promise you.

If your sat there feeling depressed go look out the window at the birds and bees flying what are they doing?. I will tell you what they are doing as nature intended them to do we all have our reason to be here.



You have to realize your here for a reason you have to find that reason.

If your feeling down find that inner strength we all have it something that drives us
it could be anything you have to find it.

Get a pen and paper and write down this is what I am going to do this week
Here are some examples:

  • Go help out at a animal charity
  • Go offer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter
  • Go adopt a rescue dog,cat 
  • Go online look for volunteer opportunists
  • Start a blog
  • Meet new friends online
  • Talk to old friends online
  • Ask old neighbours if they need any help with shopping
  • Make face masks donate them anonymous

Website where you can look for volunteering jobs


Leave me a comment if you wish to add anything you think will help in this post.

Start a blog,ignore the jealous people

Start a blog if your good at playing the piano as an example or you know a lot about Photoshop start a  blog or YouTube channel on either of them subjects.

I hear many people say but I don't want to show my face no problem.

I had a YouTube channel with over 2000 subscribers and I have twitter and now a blog and I don't have my name or face on any of the profiles.



Why do I stay anonymous you ask? Because I like to keep my blog etc private from people
Because people I know for example will be looking at my blog constantly some will try criticize and be jealous of me so I would rather they not know anything about my life and blog etc.


The jealous people

I know it sounds stupid why would someone be jealous of a blog?
People friends and even a co-worker can be jealous of when you are trying to better yourself.

Don't let people put you off doing something that makes you happy 
if you say you have created a blog and someone for example a jealous co-worker or friend start to insult you.

If they start saying insults like your thick or it is a waste of time or that they will make a better blog then you.

The simple question to ask them is have you nothing better to do then criticize my life or be looking at my day to day life.


Some people don't like the fact as an example you have just passed a qualification they will get jealous if your more qualified then them and if you are trying to make something of your life.

At the end of day there is nothing stopping that person who is criticizing you from doing the same as you and trying to study in there spare time nights,weekends.

But they won't they would rather insult you because they can't be bothered using there own time and effort to study something.

The insecure snakes


People will often go out of there way to put you down they may insult 
you by saying your ugly,small and fat.

If they are called out by other people who overhear them
they will say they are only joking but you know they are not. 

The people that try insult you and put you down will do it if they can get away with it.

For example do you think your boss would speak and try bully you the same on the street as he would in your work place if you did not work for him the answer is no because you would probably tell him where to go but in the work place he has a little power over you.



Snakes comments

Some idiots may even call you for working in some jobs for example you work in the fast food industry Popeye's, MacDonald's etc .

For example one person would often call me for being in the British army just trying to insult me for being in the army then would try insult me for being a cleaner at a shopping center.

My reply to them would be let me know when you put a uniform on and serve this country or in fact let me know when you pass basic training you won't so don't be jealous of someone (Me) that has.


Ask yourself a question why are they calling you trying to insult you?
the answer:  

There insecure of there own life but rather then try change there own life they would rather criticize you as it makes them feel better so who is the loser here? the answer the person that is trying to pass there insecurity onto you.

I call these people snakes because they are just trying to make you feel bad similar to how a troll would act they want you upset to make themselves  feel better you don't want people like that in your life they are just snakes.



Talk to people

Remember there is always someone to talk to you are not alone if you are feeling down talk to your doctor or even friends.

If you are a private person speak to people on twitter or Facebook you could set up an anonymous account that way no one will know your name.

People on social media can be a big help and point you in the right direction and be a shoulder to lean on to air your problems some people can offer good advice and remember ignore the trolls just block them.




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