It’s okay if your mental health isn’t at its best right now

The situation many of us are finding ourselves in right now isn’t exactly pleasant. With many businesses and services closed, social interactions being prohibited unless social distancing is being practiced, and an inability to visit with our friends and loved ones, it is easy to understand how and why some of us may be struggling with our mental health lately.

I’m here to tell you that if you’re struggling, it’s okay. In fact, I would argue that it’s probably relatively normal considering the current state we are living in.

I deal with anxiety on a daily basis, and I have dealt with depression in the past. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has reared its ugly head, I’ve found my depression has done the same. At first, I was frustrated with myself – I would chastise myself for feeling depressed because I realize that my own situation is far more preferable than the situation of many others in the world right now. But I came to the realization that beating myself up has absolutely no positive outcomes in terms of feeling depressed, and if anything, it only worsens things.

I took a step back recently and considered why I am feeling depressed. Do I have a roof over my head and food on my table? Yes. Do I have family and friends who love me and care about me? Yes. Is it okay that I’m feeling depressed despite these incredibly positive factors that exist in my life? Yes.

Depression doesn’t need a specific reason to flare up. I know my own recent surge of this form of mental illness is a result of stress and sadness I’m feeling regarding the coronavirus outbreak, and I know it’s okay that I’m feeling this way. I’m not alone in dealing with this, nor is anyone else – we are in this together, and we should be here for each other.

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