Happiness Power Losses — the Unspoken Dangers of Covid-19
During these trying times, many are missing happiness power. With the arrival of the global pandemic into all of our lives, we have unceremoniously been launched into a chaotic world of remote working, social isolation, home-schooling, and political unrest. We face more emotional and financial pressure than ever, with many of us entirely restructuring our work and home life to meet the latest lockdown rules and regulations.
Our news channels and social media feeds are brimming over with facts and figures highlighting the risks we all face from the virus itself. There is a constant and unrelenting stream of morbid figures and statistics shared every minute of every day. What was once a phantom infection has become something we cannot escape from in our daily conversations and ongoing reality.
The Other Critical Unspoken Dangers of Covid-19
If you feel overwhelmed by the personal impact of the coronavirus pandemic, you are certainly not alone in your feelings. The recent events have affected us all in a variety of ways. We might feel entirely isolated as we shield within our homes away from apparent harm, but we are not alone in what we are going through. Reassuringly, we are facing this crisis together.
Beyond the direct viral dangers from the Covid-19 infection, there are many additional severe risks to our health and wellbeing. The potential damage to our lives does not solely include that of catching the illness itself. The pandemic has triggered a significant tidal wave of potential harm to ourselves and those we care about in numerous areas of our lives without ever catching the virus.
Here are the five critical unspoken dangers of Covid-19 that we need to be talking more about:
Mental Health Risks
Even the most positive and cheerful individuals have experienced higher stress and a consequent threat to mental health during the current crisis. We are all struggling with how to be happier than we are when there is so much chaos unfolding around us. Much of the governmental focus is currently on the physical health side of the pandemic. However, mental health is a growing concern for us all. There are no figures yet as to whether suicide rates have spiked, but mental health support organizations feel that it is a likely potential effect. More of us are seeking therapy solutions than ever before online, and thousands of students have reported mental health problems due to disruptions to their lives and education. Taking care of our emotional health is just as critical as that of our physical wellness, undoubtedly.
Many relationships are having to deal with a remarkable measure of new and previously unexplored stresses. Whether it’s navigating working from home in close proximity or battling financial strain, there are many reasons you might be dealing with more conflict than you are used to. Divorce rates continue to rise in America, which is likely to continue due to the pandemic’s impact. Beyond romantic relationships, our connection with family and friends is also under threat. Those we love are not within easy reach, while social distancing and lockdown restrictions continue to be part of our schedule. Further to this, domestic abuse reports have risen in alignment with the time we have spent trapped in our homes. We must act now to support those struggling before it’s too late.
Adding to the depletion of our happiness power, some of us have not physically embraced another human being in many months. The aching emptiness of a home can be extremely painful for those who live alone and find themselves having to distance from everyone they would usually see regularly socially. As we attempt to fill our days with video calls and movie streaming to lessen the deafening silence, we risk losing consciousness of our true emotions. It’s never comfortable to face pain within us. But acknowledging what’s happening can empower us to seek further support. Creative ways of getting in touch such as letter-writing and a good old fashioned telephone call could make all the difference. Reach out to the friends who you haven’t heard from in a while. Don’t rely on social media as your gauge for other people’s happiness. You might be surprised who might be feeling exactly the same way as you.
As we pulled the drapes shut and closed our front doors to the outside world, the majority of us turned to cyberspace for soothing, social connection, and distraction. Social media platforms are even more popular than ever, with millions of us filling our days with screen scrolling, tweet spats, and follower culture. For many young people, ‘likes’ have become currency for social status, which negatively affects teenage self-esteem. The current pandemic risk is that we become entirely reliant on social media for our total human interaction. Placing tablets and smartphones out of sight for a few hours per day as you enjoy a safely distanced walk with a neighbor can remove much of the addictive power of tech along with providing a healthy boost of natural endorphins and Vitamin-D from extra time spent outdoors.
Growing Self Doubt Depletes Your Happiness Power
Pre-pandemic, our lives were filled with potential opportunities. We were free to venture out into the world to seek our fortunes and explore our ambitions. Wanderlust? We could hop on a plane. Restless? We could go to a career event or relocate to a new area. Now, our opportunities are limited in numerous capacities. For students, the world is becoming a closed and unfriendly place for them. The networking events they might have attended are all canceled. Graduate employment has dropped as companies struggle to survive the economic hit of the pandemic. What was once an exciting time for young people has become an anxiety-inducing period of scarce opportunity. More than ever, we need to work together to find new pathways forward that draw upon our skills. Whether it’s finding a way to turn a business into an online venture or simply spending an hour talking through the issues a young person faces, we can all do a little more to keep our world turning.
The issues we currently face are undoubtedly sizable, but we can still hope for our shared future. The wonderful news is that many solutions can help us overcome the pandemic’s unseen issues that we have explored together within this article. Although we cannot yet predict where the current situation will take us next, we do have the power to improve ourselves and others’ circumstances.
In rebuilding our happiness power, quotes of ‘stay strong’ and ‘just keep swimming’ are not helpful. Instead, we must acknowledge the suffering of others. Simply sitting quietly at the end of the phone as a friend vents their emotions to us is enough to help us both feel less alone. Offering to pick up groceries for a neighbor can boost our sense of accomplishment while powerfully supporting a member of our community. These actions can make more difference than we might initially realize.
A recent Clevland Clinic study surveyed 1000 adult men. They found that 77 percent of the study group indicated their stress levels increased during the pandemic. Fifty-nine percent reported they felt isolated. Another About 45 percent reported their emotional and mental health declined. The COVID-19 period of working from home has been disorienting for men in the traditional family roles.
Both sympathy and empathy in equal measure are the power tools that can prevent lasting damage to our collective mental health and wellness. We must reframe our perspective away from self-limiting beliefs and towards fresh thinking that facilitates problem-solving. We have been plunged into a difficult situation, but that does not mean we need to continue to drown within it.
Together, we can make a positive change to boost our happiness power. You can learn to overcome stress and anxiety. We can take back command of our lives in small but mighty ways, cultivating an inspiring sense of gratitude for the gifts we still have access to. As a result, we have the potential to emerge from this crisis as kinder and more compassionate people. What could be more empowering?
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