Learn about the psychological, physical, emotional, and behavioural impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on humans.
The emergence of coronavirus in December 2019 triggered concern in many parts of the world. Due to its fast rate of spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic in March 2020. To contain the spread of the virus, many countries imposed lockdowns, enforced strict regulations, including social distancing and quarantine, and restricted travel and tourism, targeting to flatten the curve of contamination. This sudden change in traditional lifestyle and the need to adopt a ‘new normal’ has introduced a new set of challenges related to human behaviour.
In this blog, we will be discussing ‘How COVID is affecting human behaviour’ in an unprecedented way.
Fear & Uncertainty
Unlike SARS and MERS, which were primarily spread in hospital environments, COVID-19 has reached beyond borders. With the entire population at risk, this vicious virus has created a state of fear and uncertainty among people of all ages. And according to studies, fear is directly associated with depression and anxiety.
Loss of or fear of losing loved ones, apprehension to get infected, disruption of future plans, underlying physical and psychological conditions, managing funds and food – all these and many other factors are causing stress among individuals.
The ongoing pandemic is causing a distinguishable economic crisis in significant domains of work and business. Unemployment is in the rise and even the most stable jobs are in danger. Therefore, job uncertainty is greatly linked to psychological distress and is considered a risk factor for mental health disorders.
Sleep and Eating Disorders
Living inside the four walls of your home with zero recreation and physical activity can lead to sleep and eating disorders. An Italian survey performed in April 2020 found that nearly half of the participants of the survey perceived weight gain during the lockdown due to changes in eating and lifestyle habits.
Analysis on sleep quality during the COVID-19 crisis indicated that there has been a rise in sleep disturbances among people. The main reason behind the problem was ‘stress’. Sleep disturbance is a critical condition that is further associated with anxiety, depression, and suicidal behaviour. Furthermore, lower sleep quality promotes short temperament and, consequently, complicates family cohabitation.
Anxiety & Depression
A research agency in China analyzed the online posts of around 18,000 social media users before and after the declaration of lockdown in China and found an increase in words that reflect negative emotions including anxiety, depression, and anger.
Lack of Confidence
Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, deciding on what to do – in terms of work, vacation, purchase – is becoming a more anxious process. Time and again failure of implementation of decisions taken erodes the confidence of the individuals.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic – the biggest global challenge of our lifetimes have thrown upon us novel challenges, but these challenges will not last forever. So all we need to do is add some positivity to our perspective toward the challenges we are facing, inspire our purpose and stay motivated.
How CGC Jhanjeri is inspiring its students and community amid hard times?
Covid-19 pandemic has hard hit people of all ages, and especially ‘youth’. Therefore, understanding the fragility of the moment, is frequently organizing various virtual Wellness Retreat Programs, Inspiring Talks, Sports Events and Comedy Shows to inspire the spirit of students even amid difficult times.
Take a look into the events organized by CGC Jhanjeri in recent days!
- League of Legends – A Virtual Sports Event
- Webinar on Mental Health & Coping Strategies for Students during COVID-19
- 3-Day Wellness Retreat Program on Peace of Mind – An Era of Hope & Transformation
- Interactive Session on Covid-19 Safety & Precautions