The coronavirus that has caused the Covid-19 global health and economic devastation is said to lead to a more devastating secondary pandemic: that of mental and emotional health issues. During this COVID-19 pandemic, people may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness. Plus some mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen.
According to Forbes, 67% of people report higher levels of stress since the outbreak of COVID-19. 57% say they have greater anxiety since the outbreak. 54% say they are more emotionally exhausted.
And with Illinois and other states now pushing for a 30 day stay at home order (or similar), more people are feeling an emotional strain on their mental well being. And now the pressure of what to do for ‘Thanksgiving’ has added even more concerns. Several states and the City of Chicago say to avoid family gathering this Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving is one of the more important family holidays for people to share time together.
According to many health experts, the safest Thanksgiving is celebrated only with the people in your immediate household. Traveling to out of town family events may be more of a challenge.
If you plan on celebrating Thanksgiving alone, take a few moments and call family and offer a phone ‘toast’ (beverage of choice) and this may help your emotional well-being. And there’s nothing quite better than food, family (near or far) and NFL football or a Hallmark movie.
But realize this COVID-19 challenge will someday be over and your health and love of family and friends will again be part of your enjoyment, but till then remember the SUN will come out tomorrow.