With the introduction to COVID-19 into our daily lives, we are all forced to stay inside for our own safety and for the safety of all the people around us. The effect of this has made it hard for us to go see people and do things that make us happy and this can take a toll on a person’s mental health. 

People who have mental disorders have different ways of coping, some include seeing friends, family or even going to see their therapist. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing…” said the World Health Organization (WHO). 

This global pandemic also makes it hard to have a strict schedule because most things are closed down. It gives people a reason to not get dressed in the morning, sleep all day, or even just mindlessly scroll through their social media pages. This can also take a toll on one’s mental health. 

With everything’s that’s going on in the world, it can be very stressful. This includes, “…fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on,” said the center for disease control (CDC). It’s hard going through a pandemic especially when your health isn’t good, physical health and mental health.

It’ s also hard on the homeless. “ …(47%) reported negative mental health effects resulting from worry or stress related to coronavirus than among those not sheltering-in-place…” said the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). 

Along with other questions, Ben Shingledecker was asked if there was anything specific that he’s been doing to keep himself mentally healthy during this quarantine. “Drawing, music, marching band but those things can sometimes kind of feel repetitive and you just kind of stop or over awhile you just stop enjoying it as much.” Doing the same things over and over again can drive you crazy, shake it up and try something new. 

“You can get really amazing ideas of what to do in the new season when you write down your list and ask your family members to do the same,” said CNN news channel.

Since everyone is stuck inside, here are some things you can do to keep yourself busy and to distract yourself from the overall stress and worry of life as of right now: Play board games with your household members, start a journal or blog and write down your feelings, don’t text people who you have cut out of your life, learn a new language with Duolingo or other language apps, meditate, read a book, pick up a new hobby you’ve always wanted to try and take a few minutes out of your day and check on your friends who really need it or have mental health problems.

Times like these are really hard for some people and they could be struggling.

This pandemic isn’t easy. People are struggling on the outside and the inside with finances and battling that little voice inside their head. Being courteous of the people around you is one of the best things you can do for family and friends during these difficult times.