Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many American lives, with some having suicidal thoughts due to stress, depression, and mental health conditions. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on June 24 to June 30 indicates that 11 percent of Americans struggle with suicidal thoughts.
The pandemic continues to create severe impacts on jobs, schools, healthcare, businesses, and other daily routines. People who have fewer resources for survival have found life to be very challenging.
Due to social distancing restrictions and isolation, people who struggle with elevated stress levels and fewer social connections mistakenly find suicide as the only solution for the pain they experience.
However, those contemplating suicide should try and consult a rehab center near them and connect with a therapist for assistance. The following are a few ways that can help you deal with suicidal thoughts during the pandemic.
Seek for Hope
During challenging times, such as the present pandemic and trauma, the human mind naturally focuses more on the dangerous signals than remaining positive. However, looking for relevant sources of hope can clear negative perceptions that arise.
For instance, you should ignore any negative news about the pandemic. Instead, focus on positive news and stories from people working on solutions to support communities and reduce COVID-19 transmission. Finding hopeful solutions from others, including their survival testimonies, can encourage reasons to keep on for a better future.
Connect with People
If you find social isolation is causing suicidal thoughts, look for ways to interact with your friends, co-workers, and loved ones. For instance, with the current technology, utilize communication devices such as video chats, phone calls, messaging Apps, Zoom, among others.
The other way is to ask people you trust to check up with you regularly and ensure they are aware that you need emotional support. Express your full emotional concerns and how their support will help you. Obtaining words of encouragement and having people listening and caring for your concerns can boost your mood and clear suicidal thoughts.
Check your Physical Safety
If you can easily access dangerous tools and drugs, ensure you find means of storing them safely or away from you. Alternatively, stay away from anything that may trigger suicidal attempts. Anything that puts you at suicidal risks will trigger such events.
Relieve Emotional Pain with Uplifting Activities
Remind yourself you are not a failure and speak positive affirming words about yourself. Also, realize that you are not the only one feeling stressed, anxious, or suicidal during this period. So many people have already found help and overcome suicide during the pandemic.
Take time and participate in fun activities, exercise, meditation, recreational activities, listening to soothing music, or anything that uplifts your emotions.
Final Thoughts from the Recover
As researchers continue finding possible vaccines and cure for coronavirus, you should try to look for ways of staying calm and minimizing stress wherever you are. Also, try and check a rehab center near you for support regarding your mental health conditions.
All rehab centers have professional therapists and psychiatrists who specialize in managing mental health issues that trigger suicidal thoughts.