But with the very limited access to mental health services and facilities due to lockdowns, it is important to know how to maintain a clear mind while isolated at home.
Coronavirus-related psychological distress mainly affects frontline workers, especially those in the medical field. Health workers face heavy workloads during outbreaks and are at high risk of catching the virus.
Those who recently experienced job loss, financial problems and other health problems as an impact of COVID-19 restrictions may also suffer from depression and anxiety.
“The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is already extremely concerning,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. “Social isolation, fear of contagion and loss of family members is compounded by the distress caused by loss of income and often employment.”
Children and adolescents are also at risk. WHO said as most of the younger population are required to stay at home, they are more likely to be witness or suffer from violence and abuse.
However, as the novel coronavirus continues to spread worldwide and countries are taking time to reopen, getting access to mental health or psychosocial support remains difficult. Experts said people should learn to prevent mental illness while at home.
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Did you know sea otters hold hands when sleeping? This sounds adorable but since these marine mammals sometimes sleep floating on water, they hold hands to ensure they don’t drift away from the pack.
Scientists believe squirrels sometimes forget where they buried their stores of nuts, which accounts for oak trees springing up without being planted.
Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, who lent their voices to lovable animated characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse, respectively, were married in real life.
On April 18, 1930, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) played piano music during its evening news bulletin as there was no news. “There is no news,” was the script of the news bulletin.
Moo-ve on, not really. According to scientists at the Northampton University in England, cows have “best friends” and show signs of stress when separated from their buddies.
University of London scientists published a study in the journal Animal Behaviour that said pygmy goats can develop “accents” as they grow older; these develop according to individual animal’s social group.
Let’s hug it out! Research at the University of North Carolina suggests hugging reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, as oxytocin, a feel-good hormone, is released during embracing.
In 1914, British and German soldiers called an impromptu truce during Christmas, sharing cake, souvenirs and even a game of soccer (pictured) in the “no man’s land” between trenches.
As part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation duties, Jim Cummings, the voice behind the cartoon character Winnie the Pooh, used to call sick children in the hospital, in character, to uplift their moods.
Dolphins have “names” for each other. Scientists from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland say dolphins identify each other with the help of unique underwater whistles.
The Spanish national anthem, Marcha Real, has no official lyrics.
Woof, woof! A dog’s nose print is like a human being’s fingerprint – no two are alike.
Every year, the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in recognition of the role Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II and for providing a safe haven for then-Dutch Princess Juliana (1909-2004) and her family.
The Nordic countries may be among the happiest in the world, but it was Bhutan that first started measuring citizens’ happiness levels. They call it the “gross national happiness.”
Charlie Chaplin once participated in a Charlie Chaplin-lookalike contest. He didn’t win.
Pet therapy in prison? Why, yes. In 2012, the Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt, Washington, U.S., offered inmates the chance to bond with and look after stray cats under its “Cuddly Catz” program.
Is this the happiest animal in the world? Meet the quokka, a marsupial found in Australia. About the size of a cat, this cuddly creature appears to have a permanent smile on its face.
Did you know there are 421 words and expressions for snow in Scottish? Some of these words include snaw, sneesl and skelf, as per the first Historical Thesaurus of Scots compiled by University of Glasgow.
We are all record holders, really. For one very brief moment of time, each one of us was the youngest person on Earth.
Researchers from the Humboldt University in Germany believe rats laugh when tickled, provided they are in a good mood. They published the results of their study in the journal Science.
The U.S. Supreme Court houses a basketball court on the top floor, which is informally known as the “highest court in the land.”
It is often believed that Finland once banned Donald Duck because he doesn’t wear pants. Well, that’s not what happened. The truth is Finnish youth boards ran out of money to buy the comic books, leading some to joke about the no-pants issue.
Norway once knighted a penguin! His full name is Brigadier Sir Nils Olav. Sadly, the original Sir Olav died in 1987. The current Sir Olav is Nils Olav III. His insignia is tied to his right flipper.
He isn’t that big! A newborn Giant panda weighs less than five ounces (141 grams) and is 1/900th the size of its mother – the size of a butter stick. A fully-grown adult, however, can weigh between 220 and 300 pounds (104 and 136 kilograms).
Which is the cutest island in the world? That might just be Japan’s Ōkunoshima island, seeing as it is full of tame bunnies.
If you don’t fancy an island full of bunnies, how about an island full of cats? Japan’s Aoshima island has a lot of cats – they outnumber humans six to one.
Nobody teaches us to smile. People who are born blind smile even though they have never seen others do so.
Did you know a cat was the mayor of an Alaskan town? The feline, named Stubbs, was elected as the mayor of Talkeetna in 1998. He died at the age of 20 in 2017.
Despite having the
physical advantage, male puppies often let females win to encourage them to keep playing. This finding was published in the journal Animal Behaviour.
Did you know octopuses can make “gardens” or “fortresses”? They do so by collecting crustacean shells, stones and other shiny objects, and arranging them around their burrows.
Apollo 10 and 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, wrote his daughter Tracy’s initials on lunar sand – where it is likely to last for thousands of years – during his last space mission.
Seahorses are unique animals. Not only are they among the few species that sees male and female individuals mate for life, they are also the only one in which the male bears the young!
According to a Welsh legend, corgis were the preferred method of transportation for fairies. Another fun fact about the breed – corgi is Welsh for “dog of the dwarfs.”
Music soothes the savage beast, and cows too. Research suggests cows produce more milk when listening to soothing music.
On the uninhabited Big Major Cay in the Bahamas, pigs swim with tourists. People can feed the swimming swines and the animals even climb aboard boats to hang out.
According to Australian Geographic, a pet bird that learned to talk in captivity will often teach its wild cousins the few words it knows.
Scientists believe chimpanzees will often go out of their way to help unrelated chimps and humans reach objects out of their grasp, for no apparent reward. The capability, known as “theory of mind,” was considered unique to humans until research at Kyoto University in Japan showed chimps too can understand others’ needs.
According to astronomer Carl Sagan, the elements that make us were formed when stars exploded in the universe over 4.5 billion years ago. In that sense, we are all made from stars.
Visiting Japan’s Jigokudani Monkey Park? Watch your wallets as the Japanese macaques here are known to steal coins from tourists and use them to “buy” vending machine snacks.
The Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life” has an extra high-pitched, ultrasonic whistle – audible only to dogs – at the end. The whistle was incorporated for Paul McCartney’s pet dog.
Pass an electric current through a pickle… and it will glow in the dark! What really happens is the sodium ions in the salt solution emit a yellow light.
Although cats only remember events that happened up to 16 hours earlier, a study in
Scientific American says a cat brain stores 1,000 times more data than an iPad and is a million times quicker to act on that information.
Australia’s 31,000-mile-long (50,000 kilometers) coastline is connected by over 10,000 beaches. That means you can go to a new beach every day for over 27 years!
Another interesting fact about Australia. Did you know the country’s Lake Hillier is bubble-gum pink in color? Scientists believe this is due to the presence of a microalgae. It isn’t the only pink-colored lake in the world but it is the only one whose water remains that distinct color even when removed.
Some dog breeds are known to have “cat feet.” Yes, you read that right. Breeds such as Akita, Giant Schnauzer, Kuvasz, Newfoundland and Airedale Terrier (pictured) have a short third bone on their paws, making them compact like a feline’s foot.
There are some buildings so big and vast that they reportedly have their own weather! One such structure is NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest snowflake ever recorded measured 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) across. The snowflakes fell during a storm in January 1887 in Fort Keogh, Montana, U.S.
Were you told goldfish kept in a dark room would turn white? Well, that isn’t entirely accurate. The color does fade, but the fish never turns completely white.
The lips of a hippopotamus can grow to be two feet (0.6 meters) wide.
While popping, corn kernels can jump nearly three feet (0.9 meters) in the air.
Did you know a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance? Some of the other names used are a “stand” or “pat.”
University of New South Wales associate professors Simon Rosenbaum and Jill Newby provided a list of simple ways that could help people improve mental health and cope in tough times, like the spread of COVID-19 and ongoing lockdowns. The activities promise to help avoid or at least manage stress, depression or anxiety are the following:
Helping other people
Finding a regular exercise or physical activity you enjoy
Improving your sleep quality
Following healthy diet or eating healthy foods
Connecting with people and building positive relationships
Learning strategies to manage stress
Setting realistic expectations
Learning methods to relax, such as meditation
Counteracting negative or overcritical thinking
Doing activities you enjoy or give you a sense of accomplishment
However, Rosenbaum and Newby noted it is important to consider meeting a health professional when poor mental health is already interfering with your daily life, work, study or relationship.
“Regardless of whether you are experiencing a mental illness, everyone has the right to optimal mental health,” they said in an article posted on the Conversation. “The suggestions above can help everyone improve their mental health and well-being, and help is available if you’re not sure how to get started.”