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Mental Health Of Teenagers During COVID-19

Being a teenager, dealing with teenage issues, social distancing, lockdown, cancellation of exams, staying home in a controlled situation is actually a lot to deal with. Yes, most of us are feeling anxious at home. It is important to protect our mental health too as we are protecting our physical health. Let’s see how we can do that.

Teenage is a sensitive and challenging phase. All teenagers are already dealing with so many issues of their own and now the coronavirus outbreak is inevitably going to make it more challenging. Every day nowadays begins and ends with the news of people affected with COVID-19 around the world. Exams are getting postponed, events are getting cancelled.

We're all locked in our homes, self-isolating for many days and now we also have this ongoing 21 days lockdown to handle. But we also know that this is the only way to fight the novel coronavirus.

Yes, this is a difficult phase for all of us. People and especially teenagers may feel more vulnerable than others. At this point in time, it is very important to take care of their mental health. Our Teentalkindia expert would like to share with you a few tips on protecting your mental health.

 

  • Being anxious is normal

With all that is going on in the world, you are not the only one to feel anxious or isolated at this time. But did you know, being anxious isn't really a bad thing. Researchers have found that people with anxiety are actually better at responding to threat than people without anxiety since their brains process threats more efficiently. This anxiety will help you to take precautionary measures like washing hands, not touching your face or staying at home.

If you feel cold, cough or fever, it is strongly recommended that you visit your doctor as the symptoms for the coronavirus is almost the same. However, having these symptoms doesn’t mean you are infected with COVID-19. So it is important to get a proper check-up done.

 

  • Share your feelings

Missing out on meeting friends, cancellations of different exams, and the onslaught of negative news can be difficult to deal with. Psychologists say, “Expressing your feelings and emotions has several positive outcomes like relieving tension caused by the everyday stressors, as well as the trauma of major life difficulties.” When you share, you grow. You learn different ideas on dealing with the stressors. It also helps you realize that you are not alone facing that problem. 

So in this situation, you can reach out to your friends or loved ones through voice and video calls and share your feelings.

 

  • Make and follow a routine

When everything happening around is unexpected, following a routine may help you gain a sense of control in your life. With every chore/work of your daily schedule, your mind will focus on finishing those tasks instead of feeling worried about the novel coronavirus.

 

  • Initiate a fun activity

There is a lot of negativity everywhere because of the coronavirus and social isolation. Most people are finding it hard to be at home. In these times, it is always advisable to do a fun activity to keep yourself happy. Social media is playing a very important role in this. People are doing Tik-Tok challenges, playing games over Instagram stories, playing antakshari on social media, making online workout videos or make-up tutorials, sharing their day to day work with their followers and friends online and many more. By doing these fun things you will be connected with your friends and will not feel isolated.

 

  • Embrace Self-love

Self-love always helps you make healthy choices in life. As students you all might have been busy with your studies, schools, coaching and preparing for the upcoming entrance exams. Now that you all are home, you can actually make time for yourself where you can work on your hobbies. You can also experiment and find a new hobby. You can play online games with your friends, take care of your plants, learn to play a musical instrument or learn a new language online. You can also complete watching movies or shows you've missed. Or simply, just sit down, relax and meditate to calm yourself, to gain strength for the challenging time.

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How to know when you need counseling

Know when it is time to seek professional help
Gousiya Teentalkindia Content Writer

People are now more aware of what mental health and well-being are. Thanks to various Media that seeking professional help for counselling is not considered a stigma any more. And with that comes a crucial question, “How to know when do I need a counselor”?

Though medication is also available for treating various mental disorders and can reduce some symptoms of mental health conditions, therapy trains people to address symptoms on their own. Thus, the therapy enables people to develop skills that last after therapy ends and may continue to improve lifelong.

Having a mental health condition is common now, but only 40% of people with mental issues get help. Consequently, untreated mental health issues lead to other negative effects like inability to study or work, difficulty in maintaining relationships, increased risk of health issues, hospitalization and in some cases suicide.

When any type of mental health issue begins to affect our daily life, therapy may be recommended. Therapy helps in learning what you are feeling, why you are feeling so and how to cope with it. Therapy provides a safe space to talk through challenges like breakups, loss, and grief, or family struggles. Contrarily it is believed that people who are forced into therapy may feel resistant to it and find it harder t put in the work needed for their betterment.

Here are a few pointers to see if you need to go to a therapist:

  • You think about coping with the issue or about the issue at least an hour each day
  • You feel embarrassed or avoid others because of the issue
  • The quality of your life has decreased due to the issue
  • Your studies, work, or relationships are affected by the issue
  • You have developed habits or made changes in your life to cope with the issue

If you find any of the following emotions or feelings to the extent that they interfere with your life, therapy may help in reducing their negative effects. It is important to get help if you feel controlled by symptoms or if the symptoms could cause harm to you or others.

Overwhelm

You feel like you have too many things to do or too many issues to deal with. You might feel like you can’t rest or even breathe.

Fatigue

A physical symptom, fatigue, often results from or accompanies mental health issues. Fatigue can cause you to sleep more than usual or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

Disproportionate rage, anger, or resentment

It is normal to get angry at times, and even passing rage isn’t necessarily harmful. But it becomes crucial to seek help dealing with these feelings when they don’t pass, or when they lead to violent or potentially harmful actions.

Agoraphobia

People having agoraphobia fear to be in places where they might experience panic attacks or become trapped. Some people may even become unable to leave their houses.

Anxious or intrusive thoughts

It’s common to worry about things from time to time, but when worry takes up a huge part of your day or causes physical symptoms, therapy might help you deal with it.

Hopelessness

Losing hope or feeling as if you have no future can indicate depression or another mental health condition.

Social withdrawal

Many people with mental health issues feel better when they are able to spend at least some time alone. But if you feel distressed around or with others, therapy can help you understand and deal with it.

 

 

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