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Understanding Mental Well-Being of Youth During COVID-19


 

Mental well-being. Something extremely important but often ignored. It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the daily lives of many. In Canada, there are numerous challenges that affect our youth, including the rising suicide rates. The youth continues to encounter and experience a range of emotions throughout their daily activities, such as frustration, anxiety, or stress. The McMaster Children’s Hospital suggests that there are several factors responsible for the emotional distress during COVID-19 lockdowns, such as depression. Among these factors are lack of social support due to the ongoing pandemic, boredom, more exposure to family tension, poor nutritional status, virtual school stress and anxiety, and so on. 

 


There are many ways that a child can respond to stress and anxiety in their lives.

It is important that a parent and/or guardian have become aware of any changes in your children that may be indicative of increased stress or anxiety. This could be in the form of mood swings, a noticeable change in sleeping habits, increased school or workout hours, etc. For example, if your child has been experiencing increased stress from school lately, you may want to bring this to their attention. If a child is sleeping more than usual or showing signs of depression, you should discuss these issues with a primary care physician, or contact Holistic Medical Clinic.

 

Another indication of anxiety is depression or substance abuse. Young people may turn to substances such as alcohol and drugs as a means of coping with overwhelming feelings of anxiety. These substances can negatively impact their health long-term and present significant risks to their emotional and physical well-being when they become older. You should also be aware of the fact that many teens turn to food as a form of comfort. Abstinence from food can be a very challenging and life-altering step for most teens. It is worth noting that according to Stanford Medicine, many kids and teens have developed eating disorders during the pandemic.

 

Anxiety in youth also affects their ability to form relationships at this young age. Teens often feel that they are unable to achieve the same level of success in relationships as their peers. This can be particularly true of emotionally distant youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, when physical distance is necessary. They may also suffer from social anxiety and/or other negative self-beliefs that can limit their success in establishing meaningful relationships. In these cases, professionals have identified low self-esteem as being a contributor to increased stress levels and negative thoughts.

 


To best deal with anxiety, professional health care providers include mental health as an area of specialty.

There are various ways that can be adopted to promote mental health. The most important goal is to reduce the burden of stress on children. This can be achieved by offering them positive relationships at home. It is important for the parents to provide emotional comfort, encourage their kids to share their feelings and fears, accept them, and help them build up their confidence. The environment at home should also create a positive space where parents and kids can learn to listen to each other.

 

Our society must not forget the importance of mental disorder prevention. Today, we hear more news about mental disorders than we do about cancer or heart disease. This is unfortunate since anxiety and depression can kill people. According to CBC,  due to COVID-19, the amount of youth in hospitals due to suicide attempts nearly tripled over four months.  Therefore, it is imperative that we set up preventative measures so that we can reduce the risk of developing mental disorders. This can be done by identifying mental disorders early and providing treatment.

 

A way to promote mental wellness is to get in contact with Holistic Medical Clinic and meet up with experienced psychotherapists and psychologists. The focus of Holistic Medical Clinic must always be on maintaining a positive outlook. Good mental health and well-being are important determinants of physical well-being as well. If we are able to improve the levels of mental resilience, we will be able to improve the levels of physical well-being.

 

The state of mental well-being is the foundation for good nutrition.  The Holistic Medical Clinic  Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) will be able to assist you with creating a healthy path to achieve your wellness goals.

 

Contact Holistic Medical Clinic today to discuss your way to a healthy mental and physical well-being!

 

Call:   (647) 350-6655,

Email: info@holisticmedclinic.ca

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To learn more about the importance of therapy during the pandemic, click the link below.

 

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