We are going through a tough time. The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life. For a while, businesses were shuttered and until now, we are encouraged to stay home and avoid crowds. The uncertainty and the grief surrounding COVID-19 permeates and have undoubtedly taken a toll on our mental health.
This precarious situation is not helping those dealing with depression. The isolation aggravates loneliness. Stress levels are through the roof since we are worried about our health, our jobs, and our families. This overwhelming feeling can make it more difficult to manage depression, so we’ve lined up some tips that we hope can help you cope.
- Acknowledge the situation
When the news about the coronavirus broke sometime in January, most of us probably didn’t expect it to be this bad. After all, it was in China, and the numbers in the country aren’t rising. But when the quarantine was announced, that’s when things started to become real. It has been months since then, but ask yourself if you’ve fully acknowledged the situation. If you haven’t, accept that we’re here and we’re likely to spend a few more months living with face masks and avoiding crowds. When you’ve finally come to terms with this, you can start thinking of ways to live as normally as possible given the situation. Acknowledge it, but don’t dwell on it. You may even need a social media break because the constant barrage of COVID-19 news can make you start worrying again. Find ways to distract yourself. Some have tried their hand in baking, journaling, exercising, and gardening. It might be good for you to give those a try.
- See your psychiatrist
If you haven’t done counseling or therapy before the pandemic hit, now would also be a good time to do so. For those who have been going to the psychiatrist in the past, you can still continue. Just because we’re in quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t carry on with our treatment. Fortunately, we live in the digital age where we can do consults online. It may not be the same as seeing your doctor face to face, but it’s a good alternative to not seeing him at all. Your online consults are a safe space for you to process your thoughts and feelings so by all means, do so.
- Don’t put your mental health on the back burner
The process of looking for the right treatment can often get exhausting. Imagine having depression and dealing with months of searching for the right treatment. That in itself can get depressing and can be even more challenging now with the pandemic. Fortunately, there’s something that can end this guesswork.
The Genomind Professional PGx is a pharmacogenetic test that analyzes 24 key genes associated with the patient’s drug response and metabolism. This test lets you and your doctor know what types of drugs will give you the best response. It helps lighten the burden of living with a mental illness because you don’t have to go through the process of trial and error in finding the right treatment. By doing so, it alleviates the financial and emotional burden of having to try various medications. What’s also good about Genomind is that it can be done in your own home. No need to leave the house to see the clinician. Genomind can come to you.
Aside from depression, it can be used to address other mental disorders. It can help anyone who’s suffering from an anxiety-related illness, PTSD, chronic pain, or substance abuse. Know more about it by contacting Sarah Hermoso, our Sales Coordinator, at (0917) 626-2477. You may also get in touch with Marjorie Alo, our Telesales Personnel, at (0998) 597-4106.