Stress has become an inevitable part of our lives, but the present situation is more stressful. We are living amidst a worldwide pandemic, and the situation is frightening for all. Here in this post, we are going to discuss Pandemic Stress and how it is causing disruption across the world.
What is Pandemic Stress?
Stress is the degree to which one feels overwhelmed or becomes unable to cope with the unmanageable pressures.
The word “pandemic” is originated from the Greek word “Pandemos,” which means “all the people,” or “people or population.” A pandemic affects almost all people. Pandemic Stress can be defined as the Stress that is caused by an outbreak of a pandemic disease. Pandemics are widespread due to which the Stress caused by them impacts people on a larger scale.
Primary Causes of the Stress
The root causes of Stress include,
- Fear of unknown
Fear could be of any kind, from physical to financial. Today, the world is going through a COVID – 19 pandemic, due to which people around the globe are bound to feel anxious, depressed, distressed, and worried. People are fearful of contracting diseases or getting infected; they are afraid of losing their loved ones, they are fearful of death, they are fearful of medical expenses, they are fearful of food security, so on and so forth. All these together are causing Stress and anxiety worldwide.
It’s not only the fear of contracting the virus or their families becoming sickened, but they are worried about their future as well. Then some people tend to become stressed even when they have everything. It is because they have a fear of the unknown. People like this are more fragile during situations like COVID – 19 Pandemic. There is a fear of long term impacts of this global pandemic. Many people are already going through tremendous psychological Stress. According to recent research, COVID – 19 pandemic is highly likely to increase the stress level exponentially.
Socio-economic Stress due to COVID – 19 Pandemic
Undoubtedly, this time is frightening for all. It’s not just the disease that people have to save themselves from; in fact, the economic crisis worldwide is creating another level of Stress for them. The spread of the virus has already affected the day-to-day routine. The worldwide pandemic is far more than a health crisis: it is affecting both societies and economies at their core. However, the impact of the pandemic is different for each country. Some reports say that this pandemic will most likely increase poverty and inequalities on a global scale.
Research shows, people with existing mental health conditions will experience an increase in psychological distress and trauma symptoms. Increased unemployment worldwide is causing people to feel distressed and depressed. Many people have lost their jobs; only some of them are able to cope with the situation. These are those who either have a backup to sustain the crisis or the ones who have diverted themselves to learn digital skill sets and start their online business. Such people are less in number, more and more people are stressed due to losing their jobs. They are not able to cope up with the situation, which is further deteriorating their conditions.
Academic Stress due to COVID – 19 Pandemic
Apart from this, there are apparent effects of the COVID – 19 on children’s education, their physical and mental health as well. This is especially apparent in children in development stages, like adolescents and the ones who are very young. This COVID – 19 disruptions will have a significant impact on social development. These effects will be detrimental and sustained.
Relational Stress due to COVID – 19 Pandemic
Another impact of the pandemic is on the personal relationship of people. Of course, the kind of lifestyle we all were living before pandemic was absolutely different. Most people were accustomed to the outside world, and living inside the home is not easy for such people. Due to the pandemic, we are restricted to our homes, we cannot party, or travel to our favourite places, which is only adding to the Stress. Now we are compelled to spend more time at home with family, thereby making relations bitter. Of course, there is an old adage that says, “Empty mind devil’s house.” This maxim fits perfectly in the present situation; people have less work, which means more time to think negatively and create negative situations for themselves.
Needless to say, we are going through the toughest time ever. But we are sure to tackle this as well. We will surely come out as a winner, as this pandemic is not the first-of-its-kind occurrence in human history. We have gone through a crisis many times before, and each time we have won and come out better and stronger. The purpose of this post was to explain to you the pandemic stress in detail. In our next article, we are going to talk about the measures to tackle pandemic Stress. Until then Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!