Isolation in the time of COVID-19 and mental health
The epidemic of COVID-19 began in late December 2019 in China. COVID-19 is a new disease that mostly affects the airways, and in 2020 it became a pandemic by spreading around the world and thus becoming a global problem.
Far-reaching consequences of the pandemic
The pandemic has consequently caused a number of socio-economic consequences, triggering a major economic crisis that could significantly hinder our society’s growth in the upcoming years. In addition to negatively affecting the economy, the disease itself has put a significant strain on the physical and mental health of individuals. Many are facing the consequences of psychological distress and symptoms of mental disorders.
Mental health and existential dread
The necessary isolation measures further aggravate the impact of the pandemic on mental health. Various fears that have become ingrained in daily life (e.g. fear of getting infected, fear of losing loved ones, existential dread, general uncertainty) are just some of the main factors affecting the mental wellbeing of the population as a whole. Although fear is justified in this situation since the disease is new and unfamiliar, for persons who are anxious by nature, its risk has a more pronounced impact because any changes in living circumstances caused by the pandemic can be a trigger for mental deterioration.
How can we help ourselves?
For these reasons and because of the uncertain and unpredictable circumstances of the pandemic, it is of great importance to take care of our mental health. Excessive preoccupation with COVID-19 content can represent an additional source of stress, anxiety or fear, so exposure to sources of such information should certainly be limited. Conversely, regardless of the need to reduce contact with other people (which is being encouraged as a preventive measure), it is nonetheless desirable to practice connection and communication with loved ones. Nowadays, this is facilitated by technology. Socialization is therefore very important for maintaining mental health, both in the current situation and in general.
One possible way of taking care of our health is through aromatherapy, i.e. by using essential oils. For example, neroli oil helps with nervousness, anxiety, stress and insomnia, while eucalyptus oil is ideal for purifying stagnant air. If you would like to learn more about aromatherapy, you can do so by clicking the following link: Aromatherapy – essential oils for improving health. If you have developed a product during this pandemic or an idea about a product which falls within the category of medical devices, cosmetic products or food supplements, Marti Farm has professional staff who can advise you on how to market your product. Connect with us if you would like to learn more about how you can register your product.
In order to preserve our mental health, we should strive to live day by day, without contemplating much about dark scenarios or refraining from such ideas altogether. Finally, it should be emphasized that experts are doing the best they can to overcome this pandemic as soon as possible, but it is up to us as individuals to abide by all preventive measures while striving to adopt a positive attitude, which will also be helpful later in life.
It is thus time to take care of ourselves, but also others. At this point, the most important thing is to remain cautious and optimistic while acting responsibly. It is most important to take care of one’s health, including mental wellbeing, because the pandemic of COVID-19 will pass eventually.
Ana Bolonja, MSc / Senior Pharmacovigilance Associate
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Marti Farm Ltd. Trade and Services
Marti Farm Ltd.
Lašćinska cesta 40, HR-10000 Zagreb
Planinska ulica 13/2, HR-10000 Zagreb
a limited liability company
Commercial Court of Zagreb
HRK 20,000.00 (paid in its entirety)
Martina Diminić Smetiško, director of the
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individually and independently, Responsible
person for data protection)
HR3623600001102197724 (Zagrebačka banka)
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Full company name: Marti Farm Ltd. Trade and Services
Short company name: Marti Farm Ltd.
Headquarters: Lašćinska cesta 40, HR-10000 Zagreb
Office: Planinska ulica 13/2, HR-10000 Zagreb
Legal form: a limited liability company
Court register: Commercial Court of Zagreb
Registration number: 080751121
Share capital: HRK 20,000.00 (paid in its entirety)
Authorized representative: Martina Diminić Smetiško, director of the company (Representing the company individually and independently, Responsible person for data protection)
Bank account: HR3623600001102197724 (Zagrebačka banka), HR4324020061100628669 (Erste banka)