With the arrival of the coronavirus, mental health issues have become yet another pandemic that needs to be resolved. Mexico is the fourth country in Latin America where mental health has deteriorated from the pandemic, according to a report from consulting firm Ipsos. 43% of citizens believe that their emotional health has deteriorated since the health crisis began.
But within the full range of emotions the pandemic has brought with it, without a doubt, has been the emotion of indolence, which is at a midpoint between fear and depression, where people experience a sense of stagnation and emptiness. For Camilo Arbeláez, CEO of Enterapia, an online psychotherapy platform with a presence in Mexico, where the demand for online appointments for psychological care has increased by 300% in the last year, “Inertia is a state of demotivation in which people feel Feeling time slips out of their hands as if it were a train with no fixed direction, and their productivity declines due to the uncertainty caused by the current context. “
How do I deal with indolence?
To counteract this emotion, which is little said about and which many in Mexico may face, the director of Enterapia recommends the following:
- Understand that our behavior is changing and the outcome is not favorable, which could get worse. This is the first step in increasing the chances of making choices that are designed to add meaning and value to our lives.
- Respect working hours. During the pandemic, we disregarded our free time and stayed at work late into the night. It is therefore important to put an end to this and to allocate a certain amount of time to the work problems.
- Conduct a daily activity plan that includes both work and fun activities. If we have already set a working time, it is important to also set a time for leisure activities such as exercising, painting, reading a book or cooking a recipe.
- Maintain policies that strengthen family and social ties despite the limitations we have. In those moments when physical contact is almost impossible, it is important to establish communication with the significant people in our lives. A call or a message can lift our spirits.