Does COVID-19 Affect Men’s Mental Health Any Differently?
As the newly emerged Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we live, many mental issues have come hand-in-hand with it. The virus outbreak has made the world come to a halt and shifted the workings class to an entirely new living way. It’s just not all about working remotely but a new consciousness and few unique psychological challenges related to it.
To cope with the evolving situation, people need to work their way out while keeping their well-being intact. But this is where the ongoing pandemic fallout is impacting them, especially men. Not only is mental stress becoming prominent during this challenging period.
Therapists and experts say that they notice certain physical and behavioral changes in men over the past few months. Along with financial insecurities, a new feeling of isolation is looming large. Let’s dive deep to comprehend the situation.
Bigger Than 2008 Economic Crisis
Does the Covid-19 have its negative impact more than the 2008 economic recession? According to a recent study, more than half of the respondents admitted that their stress level has been on the rise significantly. At the same time, the feeling of being isolated has also increased.
The percentage is as big as 77 percent. With increased stress levels, their health has been deteriorating, taking a toll on their psychological well-being. Sometimes it’s not just their wellness, but a sense of financial infidelity or uncertain family future makes the men overthink too much.
Men who earn the bread and butter for their families have crippled mentally as the fear of financial uncertainty hovering around. Many of them have loans, foreclosures to pay off, and without a steady flow of earning or reduced salary, they might not cope with the situation. Those who already lost their jobs feel the negative impact. And those who are about to lose their jobs are going through psychological turbulence. Another feeling of being cut off from the social activities or added responsibilities of domestic caregiving due to the WFH scheme is one of the major reasons for men’s rising mental health issues.
Seeking Help Is A Big Problem At This Moment
Genetically, men are more reluctant to express their emotions than women, so chances are less that they will seek help from an expert for their mental issues – be it from parents or therapists. This is the reason why normal stress and anxiety take its toll to cripple them slowly over time.
Culturally, men tend to flaunt their manliness, where the sign of depression is a symbol of weakness that a man shouldn’t possess. With this long-standing notion, things complicate further, leaving men vulnerable to mental wounds. Once they start struggling, it becomes difficult for them to come out of it for a long time.
It’s Essential To Address The Situation
Since the pandemic situation is widespread and the first of its kind encountered by this generation, it has posed new challenges to men’s overall mental issues. Therefore, it’s highly important to press the panic button before it’s too late. It is important to address the psychological problems in the same way we deal with physiological concerns. Ample resources are available out there to help you out. It would help if you reframed the conventional narrative of shying away from mental issues to calling out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Look for a therapist who can act as your support system. Disclose your problems privately so they could help you out in trudge forward in this hard time. If you’re feeling a mental breakdown, do not hesitate to consult a therapist. Book an appointment immediately and make an in-person visit. Mental health professionals are always out there for you. Alternatively, you can dial the National Suicide Prevention Hotline for immediate assistance.
The Silver Lining
Having said all these, it’s not all doom and gloom. The positive aspects are there. Beyond the mental health issue, people show several positive outcomes. Many people are consuming healthier meals, while many of them added regular exercise to their schedules. Aside from getting back into the fitness bandwagon, working remotely from home has helped to regain healthy relationships with their family and friends, according to many. Some men think they’re feeling healthier now than before.
Remember, stress and anxiety are the new normal with the evolving global environment while adapting to it. But what’s not normal is keeping your mental issues (if there are any) to yourself. Counselors will be happy to help you if you disclose your problems. It would help if you reached out to them.
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