Mental Health challenges moving into 2022.

With the whole world struggling to be healthy and sane throughout the last two years, we all have a lot of hope for the upcoming new year. The Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in the lives of everyone and put stresses like isolation, loss of loved ones, job loss, and financial loss while pushing the world a bit back. To this date, the pandemic hasn’t left us completely. In some places, it has a new, although less virulent, and in other places, people are still recovering from their previous losses.

           One of the biggest impacts Covid-19 had on people was the mental health complications. Covid-19 disrupted the intricate harmony between our mind and body in many ways and the effects were chronic. Fortunately, most of us are recovering from the bereavements and struggles of the last two years, and we are hoping 2022 will bring even better changes to our life. However, a lot of us still need time to heal and rejuvenate, and we have to face some mental health challenges moving into the new year.

Firstly, the Covid-19 is still not gone. While the whole world has opened everything to some extent, and it seemingly looks all clear, there are new strains of the Covid-19 springing to this date. Recently, the discovery of the ‘Omicron’ strain of Covid-19 caused a wave of stress in people’s life. For most people, it was a “not again” moment. It is indeed distressing to think about a new strain of Covid-19 shattering your new year’s resolution. Not being able to go to the university, hitting a new PR in the gym, or carrying out research with your peers – no one wants to be in this situation.

Looking at the escalating number of Covid-19 cases in the US once again is very disturbing and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a lot of people are developing a fear of some dangerous consequences.

Secondly, dealing with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and more importantly the stigma that people developed over the last two years due to Covid-19 is surely a mental health challenge. Research has shown that the incidence of anxiety and post-traumatic in the US has risen significantly through the past two years. It is also suggested that the affected people get proper medical and psychological attention to recover from the catastrophic event. This could be by far the most significant challenge moving into the new year.

Having to think about what happened to you or people around you could haunt you at home, work, or some social gathering. For example, sneezing is mostly not a bad thing and it doesn’t mean you’re sick. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has made us all stigmatize, and get anxious by anyone who sneezes or coughs, for example. Carrying our days like this is a strong challenge of 2022 that we all are going to face.

Despite these challenges, we as communities have learned a lot of things from this long pandemic. Caring for each other and valuing each other has gotten us over the pandemic. Carrying this vibe through and into the new year, 2022, could make difference in the challenges we might face.

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