The Pandemic Is Not Normal, So Watch Out For Your Mental Health

Although compared to the world, things may seem pretty ‘normal’ here in Singapore, and we should give ourselves a huge pat on the back for dealing with the many COVID-19-induced changes in our lives. We should also take some time to step back, breathe and take a break. 

With the strict social distancing regulations, many of us have spent much more time at home. We’ve had to let our social lives take a back seat and adapt to taking classes and/or working from home, which has blurred the lines of work and play. For fresh grads, there is the added pressure of entering into an uncertain job market. 

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Although compared to the world, things may seem pretty ‘normal’ here in Singapore, and we should give ourselves a huge pat on the back for dealing with the many COVID-19-induced changes in our lives. We should also take some time to step back, breathe and take a break.

With the strict social distancing regulations, many of us have spent much more time at home. We’ve had to let our social lives take a back seat and adapt to taking classes and/or working from home, which has blurred the lines of work and play. For fresh grads, there is the added pressure of entering into an uncertain job market.

These situations can affect our mental well-being as they often lead to relationship issues and higher stress and anxiety levels. Being cooped up at home with many family members can cause interpersonal tension and/or feelings of isolation. Being unable to balance work and rest can lead to burnout.

If you’ve noticed that you (or a loved one) is consistently feeling down, it may help check your mood against the ‘SAD CAGES’ list of depression symptoms. If you match five or more symptoms daily for two weeks or more, you may be struggling with depression and should seek medical advice before these feelings get the better of you.

You can call HealthLine (by the Health Promotion Board) at 1800 223 1313 or visit your doctor, any polyclinic or hospital, or the Institute of Mental Health.

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