Students’ Mental Health During The 2020 Pandemic: Harmful Impacts

Students’ Mental Health During The 2020 Pandemic: Harmful Impacts

Everyone knows about the symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, sneezing, sore throat, or shortness of breath. These are the physical ones, but when was the last time you heard about the mental health issues? Sadly, we haven’t, as most cases stay under the cloak and keep escalating to the suicidal point.

As published in a CDC report, more than 70% of students (especially young adults) suffer from mental health issues. One in every four students has tried to comfort themselves by moving to drug addiction or fanning suicidal thoughts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken everyone right from the grassroots level to the upper layer of society. Everyone has their fair share of depression, anxiety, overthinking, frustration, and other factors that disrupt their natural well-being.

In this blog, let us look at the top harmful impacts of mental health among students.

Excessive Use Of Social Media Apps And Websites

Doctors and researchers have seen a sharp growth of students of different ages getting hooked up with social media platforms. Not just one app, surveys have pointed out at multiple apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter. Even though these apps are harmless on their fundamental principles, they can damage your mental health on specific points.

  • Body-shaming: It is one of those things that ruptures the mental health of students. Not that anyone openly criticizes physical characteristics, but the always-perfect photos of Instagram models push down students’ self-confidence.
  • Cyber-bullying: It is 2021, and cyberbullying is not looking to stop anytime soon. Students often get bullied on different social media platforms for various reasons, which takes a toll on their mental health.
  • Online Zombies: Social media addiction can really make us online zombies. Once you start scrolling through your newsfeed or posts made by people you follow, there’s no stopping. It’s an indomitable lust of seeing something new that can keep students awake the whole night. Yes, it does disrupt your mental health primarily.
  • Online Battles: From losing in an online gambling match to losing in a war of words while defending your favorite superhero, you are unconsciously killing your mental health. Often after these online wars, students seem anxious, frustrated, and aggressive over petty issues.

Lockdown Stress On Education

Education during the lockdown phase was equally a stressful event for students. Sitting at home isn’t a tough deal for young students, and you cannot really complain about it. But, sitting at home in front of the computer screen for hours, listening to a never-ending stream of online classes, is mental health depleting.

Surveys taken on students of various ages and classes, on being asked on online courses, had garnered several answers. While some of them were content to get a chance of experiencing this new trend, others mostly put a nod. The monotony that grew around the inability to interact with friends or teachers and the ultra-strict routine of visiting classes after classes were simply draining and emotionally exhausting for most students.

Emotional Eating Is Not A Cool Thing

Nearly 20% of young people in the United States have fallen prey to obesity. The pandemic has just aggravated the situation further. Now, you must be wondering how that can happen even when there were almost no junk food stalls open for the lockdown. Exactly, that is where the mental health issues intervene in the scene.

So, what is this ’emotional eating’ stuff all about? Students and preferably young adults eat random things to keep their fear, excitement, anxiety, stress, and boredom away. While this might look to be a cool way to handle these issues, the reality is not cool. Obesity can harm the mental well being of a student beyond expectations.

Dependence On Digital Entertainment Resources

With the connection with the outer world almost turned to zero in the pandemic, digital entertainment resources have kept students active and alive. The tremendous growth of engagement was seen in different OTT platforms and video games. Students of different ages, who had no chances to meet and greet friends or close ones, found bliss in digital entertainment spending hours.

This doesn’t look to be problematic until mental health issues start popping out on a broader outlook. News of young adults committing suicide for losing a match or spending cash in large amounts for online subscriptions has all pointed out instability in their character patterns.

So, where are we now precisely, given the fact that COVID-19 restrictions have eased globally? Well, mental health issues are still a ravaging menace to the young generation and even beyond them. However, the easing of lockdown restrictions have re-facilitated their connections with the outside world, and mental stability is evident.

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