How Lockdown Is Affecting People’s Mental Health

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The Covid-19 pandemic has kept at least 2.6 billion people in some form of social isolation. But how does that affect people mentally? Well, according to experts, the Covid-19 lockdown has caused some of the most major psychological challenges the world has seen in recent years. And now there are deep fears that towards late 2020, an outbreak of burnouts could hit the globe as a result of lockdown.

Covid-19 mental challenges are real

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s health facilities have been overwhelmed as a result of the upsurge in new infections. Nations scrambled to erect tents and temporary healthcare centers to treat infected patients. For example, in the United States, field hospitals were put up in Central Park when the COVID case counts and death toll shot to the roof. Unfortunately, what’s conspicuously missing in the world is the lack of psychological help centers for people grappling with the effects of social distancing protocols and quarantine. If the world is to come back stronger post-COVID-19, then nations shouldn’t be ignoring the mental health dangers posed by people being torn away from their loved ones as a result of unprecedented lockdown. There is a good reason why experts are tagging the Covid-19 pandemic as the “biggest psychological test” the world has seen in a long time. With a third of the global population living in isolation, that cannot go on without sparking psychological effects.

Effects of lockdown on mental health

Around February 2020, The Lancet reviewed 24 studies on the impact of lockdown on mental health. Insights from that study revealed what may be going on in the millions of households that have been hit hard by the pandemic. As expected, the results showed that quarantined people have a high likelihood of developing a broad spectrum of symptoms characteristic of psychological disorders. These include anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, stress, and anger, among other traumatic experiences.

But in particular, it was observed that low mood and temper irritability stood out among the psychological effects of Covid-19 lockdown. Moving to China, the origin of the virus, researchers also confirmed mental health challenges springing from the coronavirus pandemic.
In cases involving the quarantine of parents and their kids, the toll on mental health was much more pronounced.

Some studies found out that close to 28% of parents in quarantine showed trauma-like symptoms relating to mental health abnormalities. Meanwhile, healthcare workers can’t be left out. Nearly 10% of hospital workers experienced severe symptoms of depression. In the face of these difficulties, healthcare workers have a high tendency to engage in risky behaviors such as alcohol abuse and self-medication. In some cases, health practitioners avoid making contact with patients due to the fear of being infected.

The lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) also explains why doctors shirk their basic responsibilities of catering for the sick. The big question is — if doctors are closing their offices for fear of their lives, what happens to Covid-19 patients and those with non-communicable cases such as hearing losses? Well, that means Covid-19 patients may lose their lives needlessly, and the hearing-impaired won’t have access to an audiogram to diagnose their conditions.

How to overcome coronavirus-related mental health challenges

  • Call for help
  • This is not the best time to hide your poor mental health situation. Speak it out, and you will get help. For example, make a consultation with a psychologist and seek help before it’s too late. As trained mental health professionals, doctors and psychologists can offer you advice and even medications to improve your condition. Explain your feelings to them, and follow their recommendations to restore your positive mind.

  • Socialize with friends online
  • The internet is serving the world perfectly in the course of the pandemic. Even though lockdown can tie you to your home, don’t allow it to cut off your communication with family and friends. Of course, in quarantine, you may not be able to attend parties with friends, but you can connect with them online through platforms like FaceTime, Facebook, and other platforms.

  • Find a flexible job
  • The Covid-19 crisis has affected people’s sources of income because the pandemic has dealt with businesses a big blow. To lessen your financial worries, you need to find a flexible job during the pandemic. Think about how you can work from home to make some money and meet your household needs.

    The pandemic has affected the psychological state of people. But if you take the above measures, you can mitigate the negative impact of lockdown, and have your full mental health back.

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Three Jelly Shot Recipes To Try In Lockdown

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Just because we are in lockdown does not mean you cannot have a lot of fun. There is one thing that all summers should involve, and this is jelly shots. This trend is well and truly taking over and the warmer months ahead give you a great chance to experiment with different fruit flavours. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover more about three of my favourite jelly shot recipes for the summer…

Strawberry Margarita Jelly Shots

If you are looking for ideas of things to do during the lockdown, you should definitely try this recipe out, as it tastes amazing and is perfect for posting some pictures on Instagram! These shots can be served inside a strawberry, which looks cool and eliminates any washing up. You will need to begin by cutting the top off a strawberry and, using a melon scoop, carefully scoop out the inside. It is also a good idea to cut a bit of the bottom of the strawberry so it stands up straight. After this, you should combine boiling water and jelly, preferably strawberry flavoured, with boiling water until it dissolves. Mix in Cointreau and tequila and then stir the mixture. After this, pour it into your strawberry cups and leave to set in the fridge until firm.

Watermelon Lime Jelly Shots

Not only do these shots taste delicious, but they look great too, as you can serve them up as little watermelon segments. For this recipe, you will need mini chocolate chips, vodka, boiling water, watermelon jelly, and limes with the pulp removed. You’ll need to add boiling water to the jelly until it has dissolved. After this, stir in about a cup of vodka and pour it into lime halves. Leave this in the fridge for about two hours to chill. After this, cut the limes in half again to create wedges and you can stick chocolate chips in to create the appearance of watermelon pips.

Mimosa Jelly Shots

Mimosa is a well-known champagne cocktail, which would make a great summer jelly shot, with the orange bringing the fruitiness and refreshing qualities and the champagne bringing a touch of luxury. To make this drink you will need one box of orange flavoured jelly or gelatine, as well as champagne, orange juice, boiling water, and triple sec. Simply mix the jelly with the boiling water so that it dissolves. After this, you can add the rest of the ingredients and then leave to set. You may wish to serve this shot in a champagne flute to give it the full effect, but make sure you’ve got little spoons or something similar handy so people can scoop out the jelly.

So there you have it: three of the best jelly shot recipes to try making while in lockdown. Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we cannot have lots of fun (and a bit of booze too!), right?

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Spreading Love and Joy Amidst the Lockdown

Days are blending from one to another. It’s becoming a bit difficult nowadays to keep track of what day it is and how everyone is doing. We all feel disconnected and disjointed, and it is completely understandable. This lockdown brought about by the novel corona virus is hard on all of us. So, to cheer up your love ones who are in isolation or far away from you, here are three suggestions that you can follow and so with your kids.

Video call with a twist

Get the whole family on board the idea of putting on costumes. Any favorite character is welcome. Just make sure that it is not something scary so as not to cause anxiety to the person or persons you will be video calling.

Imagine getting a video call from Çaptain Jack Sparrow, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, or even from a Disney princess! It will be a treat, that’s for sure. Wear your costume, go into position in front of the camera, make sure you have a decent internet connection, and then, make your call.

A video call will bring a big smile to your love ones’ faces. It will also be a sure fire way for you to know that the person on the other line is well and alive.

Arts and crafts to send online

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This suggestion will be like killing two birds with one stone. It is understandable how bored everyone is right now, most especially the kids who are ordered to stay put at home. Cabin fever is setting in so to divert their attention, get them on board for an arts and crafts day!

The idea is to create something inspiring for those isolated from their love ones. Maybe, you have a relative who are alone somewhere and in need of some cheering up. Bring out pens, papers, scissors, glue, glitters, washi tapes, and anything else that will bring color to your message. You can also download a digital love svg you can print, cut and put on paper.

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My nephews have been missing their grandparents who are under a quarantine. The simple message above will be sent to their grandparents through email. We used a digital heart svg and hugs and kisses design that we downloaded from Design Bundles. There are so many more designs to choose from.

Creating art will keep the kids busy for some time and it will also be a great way to keep the spirits of your love ones up when they see what the kids made for them.

Create a video blog

It seems to be the biggest hit among people of all ages these days. Video blogging! Create a video and then upload it online for everyone to watch and enjoy.

One or a few members of the family can be on board this idea. Create a video content for the frontliners. Thank the medical workers, delivery personnel, garbage collectors, supermarket personnel, and everyone who are still outside and working for us to be able to function in the most normal way possible. A simple message will do. Or even a simple thank you and clapping will be bring a smile to those who will see the video.

There are so many other ways to spread love and joy amidst this lockdown. The three suggestions above are just the tip of the iceberg. You can surely come up with a dozen or so more ways to spread cheer in these trying times.

What’s important is for all of us to stay at home, stay healthy, and stay put so the virus will die a natural death very, very soon.

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Teaching Children How To Be Safe In Your Neighborhood

Depending on your neighborhood, your children will come into contact or witness some scary things. Some areas are better than others when it comes to crime and violence. Some neighborhoods simply have more welcoming and even more civilized people than others. So you may know how to handle yourself and stay out of harm’s way, but do your children? Essentially, you have to teach your children how to avoid certain things and be safe while they’re at home and or around in the neighborhood. Teaching your children ‘street smarts’ could save them from a lot of trouble in the future. But if you yourself are not really privy to such a way of life, then how do you let your children know what to avoid? That’s why you’re reading…

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Contractors: Why They Are Better Than DIY

Home renovations can be hard work and a very stressful job. Getting the job done to a high standard should be your number one priority, but you will also want to think about how fast you can get this work carried out.

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DIY, A False Economy?

Cost is also an important factor for anyone, and you may be tempted to cut the expenses by doing the job yourself. But, before you head off to the DIY store to buy all of the things that you think that you may need, consider whether that is the best idea. Yes, you can work for free and when labor costs represent a large proportion of the cost of the job, then you will be justified in wanting to remove this cost from the task.

But, think again. Are you experienced enough to carry out this work? You may be quite good at a lot of handy work around the home, but are you going to be any good at doing a major project that you may not have any previous experience of doing?

Calling a contractor to do the job will probably be the best option. If things go wrong for you while you get the job done, it may cost you in replacing damaged or wasted materials. You may find the finish that you achieve is far from professional either, and you will regret not getting a professional to do the job every time you look at it.

Get Recommendations And Quotes

You will need to find someone who will be able to do the job to a high standard and who will be easy to deal with, but with so many contractors out there, how do you know that you are going to get a good one? Ask around friends and family or put a post on Facebook asking for recommendations. The best way to find a reputable contractor is through word of mouth. You may also want to check out ratedpeople.com for recommended local tradespeople.

Once you have found contractors that you have heard good things about, get them to quote you for the job that you need doing. Be specific about everything that you want, for example, if you want panels from Nichiha.com let them know so that they can quote you based on the specifics.

Getting The Job Done

Once you have a quote that you are satisfied with, then you can let the contractors get to work. It can be very difficult to allow other people to set to work on your home, but you need to have faith and trust that they will complete the job in a professional manner. Avoid being an armchair foreman, and let them do the job.

When they have completed the task there may be some snagging issues, this is normal so do not be alarmed if you have to get the workers to fix a few small things that are outstanding, or that crop up in the days or weeks after completion.

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How to Prevent the Devastating Effects of a DUI Charge

A DUI charge can result in fines, loss of license, or even jail time. While you can take certain steps to avoid drinking and driving in the first place, it is also important to know how you can minimize the long-term damage if you do make a mistake. Hiring the right DUI lawyer is a good start, and keeping the tips here in mind can also help. If you stay calm and approach the problem properly, you can avoid fines and jail sentences that would otherwise completely derail your life.

Knowing the Limit

The first thing you need to do when trying to avoid a DUI charge is to make sure that you don’t get caught driving over 80 in the first place. You can accomplish this by knowing how much it takes to put you over the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol in 100 mL of blood. Usually, this amounts to two to three drinks, although heavy-set men might be able to go four or even five drinks before reaching that threshold. Remember that eating, drinking, and taking time to let the alcohol go through your system can all decrease the amount of alcohol in your blood. Doing all of these things can help keep you safe behind the wheel and ensure that you don’t go over 80 in the first place.

Dealing with the Police

When you get pulled over for driving over 80, you need to keep in mind that your behavior at this point may affect the overall course of your impaired driving case. You should remain cooperative with police officers but avoid volunteering potentially incriminating information about yourself. Answer the questions asked, but don’t go beyond the scope of those questions. You should also make sure that you create an account of your dealings with the police that your lawyer can review later on. This can help the lawyer determine whether any procedural errors might aid your case and to note whether your account differs from the police report.

Hiring a Lawyer

Once the initial traffic stop is taken care of and the charges have been filed, it is time to reach out to a DUI lawyer who can help you navigate through the legal process. When looking for a lawyer, you need to find somebody with experience in your area. For example, if you live in Ontario then you need to find somebody who has practiced in the courts of Ontario before. The more experience, the better, as long as that experience has a reasonable track record for success as well. When in doubt, look for reviews on the lawyer from former clients. If you can find a lot of happy clients, then you can probably trust that these lawyers know how to get things done.

Getting a DUI charge is an unfortunate matter and one that can make you feel like you are completely out of control of your life. Luckily, a good lawyer can see you through these troubles and get your life back on track as soon as possible.

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Steps to Take After Being Charged with Driving Over 80

If you get pulled over and given a breathalyzer test, you run the risk of serious consequences if the test reveals that you have more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood. These charges over 80 can lead to severe fines, the loss of your license, or even jail time if you don’t do something about them. You should consult with a DUI lawyer as soon as possible, but you should also make sure to follow the steps outlined below so you can provide your lawyer with the best information possible.

Choose Your DUI Lawyer Carefully

Choosing the lawyer who will represent you in court is more than just a matter of typing “DUI lawyers near me into a search engine. You should look for a lawyer who has experience in your region. While a young lawyer might provide the right energy for your defense, it helps if they are attached to an established group where experienced lawyers can help guide them on proper procedures and precedents for your case. If you are unsure of what DUI lawyer you should go with, ask for a consultation. Most experienced DUI lawyers offer free consultations regarding your case so they can show you the kind of defense you will receive if you choose them. This can help you to make an educated decision and can dispel doubts about a particular lawyer if you have any.

Prepare a Written Account

After the incident, you should write down everything you can remember about the traffic stop and any interactions you had with the police following that. If you remember specific language used by the police officer or unusual actions, make sure to note that. Include details such as whether you submitted to a breathalyzer test without complaint or whether you refused to voluntarily take the test. Every piece of information you can provide to your lawyer represents information that may be useful in court. Your lawyer can compare your report with the report made by the arresting officer and other public documents. If your lawyer finds discrepancies, they might benefit you when the trial goes to court.

Stay Out of Trouble

While you can usually expect a swift trial after being charged with driving over 80, you still have time to give your prosecutors more fodder for their court case if you aren’t careful. While you are awaiting trial, make sure to be on your best behavior. While additional traffic stops and arrests aren’t supposed to factor into your case, the judge is only human and can be swayed by a pattern of behavior. Your DUI lawyer will work hard to strike down circumstantial evidence, but poor behavior after a drinking and driving stop can still lead to a harsher sentence than you would get if you stayed on your best behavior.

A drinking and driving arrest can leave you wondering what to do next. If you follow the advice above and consult with a knowledgeable DUI lawyer in your area, you should be able to get through this situation with as little stress and embarrassment as possible.

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Satisfaction Boost: Give Your Career The Push It Deserves

You’ll probably spend more time in your job and with those your work with than you do at home with your family, or out and about with your friends. Therefore, it’s important that you’re able to find fulfillment and satisfaction from your job role so that you don’t go to bed with a headache every night of the working week. It can be easy to get stuck in the habit of just getting on with it; you have rent and bills to pay, so it can be a challenge to question your job role because of the income it gives you. However, years in a career or job that you don’t enjoy will start to take their toll. Stress and fatigue can become an issue, and these may lead to having an impact on your life, health and well-being.

Surely, t’s time to think about your options, and what sort of career journey you want to have. It’s never too late to make a significant change, and it will lead to a new lease on your working life and an array of potential opportunities. People leave their jobs to apply for new ones in the same field all the time, and you’d be surprised how many decide to head in a completely new direction regarding their career. As long as you’ve still got a job paying your bills; you’ll have the means to utilise some of your free time to look elsewhere, and to do what you need to achieve job satisfaction. Keep reading for some ideas on getting the career and job change that you deserve.

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Invest In The New

As with any new job role or career move; you’ll need to put in the time and training that’s required to make you an appealing candidate. Nobody said that it would be easy to train, gain qualifications, and look for potential new opportunities while you’re still working. However, the reward will be a bright future ahead, so it’s worth the effort. Start by focusing on your resume and ensure that it shows off your best attributes and skills to your potential new employers. If you feel like your best chance of furthering your career is new qualifications, whether that’s a masters in education or a certificate in first aid; it’s time to look into how to achieve them. There’s plenty of options to train online, or, perhaps you feel like you want to head back into a college environment. The opportunities are h=there; it’s time to grab some!

Know Your Potential And Worth

All too often, women apply for work and jobs that they’re either qualified or overqualified to do. This can mean that they become restless and bored in their job role within the year, and get itchy feet again. Therefore, try to aim a little higher than you have the training for; these are roles you have the potential to grow into. Employers want to see confidence and drive, and if you have those attributes; utilise them to learn the ropes and get stuck into your role. Even if you’re not chosen for a job; you’ll gain experience from the interview, and you’ll be able to ask for feedback from those who interviewed you. You can bounce back with the knowledge of where and how you should improve, and your fresh start will be just around the corner.

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Crime Never Pays, Unless You’re The Victim

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In modern societies, there are very few things which put you in danger and are out of your control. Roads are becoming safer, violence is very minimal, and the people around you are happy with their lives. Of course, though, while this sounds like an idyllic mix, there will always be some who stay a little bit behind. Being a victim of crime is never a nice experience, and most people will do everything in their power to avoid it. Not everyone’s the same, and some people are out there to take something from you, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t start working to get it back.

What Did They Take: For a lot of people, the first job on the to-do list will be obtaining the stolen item from the criminal. Of course, you won’t be able to do this alone and might need the help of a couple of different organisations. First, the police should be informed of the crime, giving them the chance to launch an investigation while leads are still hot. Along with this, though, you can do some work of your own, using the internet to try and find the person on your own terms. If you want to cover yourself for the future, personal belongings insurance can guarantee a return if you ever have anything stolen.

What Did You Lose: Along with the items you lose during the crime itself, being a victim of a theft or violent attack can often see you losing money in the future, too. Being unable to work, get where you need to, or be independent can be a big blow to your finances, and this is something which should be made right. Once the criminal has been caught by the police, you will have the chance to press charges. With this, you will also have an opportunity to take legal action for the income you might lose, opening the doors to repayments from the perpetrator coming on a regular basis.

Your Injuries: Finally, as the last area to consider, being a victim of crime will also often mean being hurt. When people are doing something bad, it will be hard for them to consider their actions, and they could be rougher than necessary to get what they want. When you’re hurt by someone like this, professionals like https://www.derricklawfirm.com/ can help you to fight for compensation. Even if your injury doesn’t see you out of work, it’s important to make sure that this sort of issue is made up for. Of course, though, you will have to fight hard to get the money you deserve, and this could take a couple of years.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, being a victim will become a lot easier. You’ve probably heard of the idea that crime never pays, referring to the time criminals often have to do in prison. Of course, though, when you haven’t done anything wrong, but have lost out, you should always be in line to get something back.

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5 Ways To Deter Burglars From Your Home

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A burglary can have devastating effects – it can make you feel less safe in your home and possibly result in the loss of costly and sentimental items, some of which can never be replaced. Burglars like to pick their targets strategically. There are various ways that you make your home less attractive to thieves. Here are just five strategies for keeping the burglars away.

Lock all entry points

The simplest way you can protect your property is by locking all windows and doors. A window or a door that has been left open whilst you’re not in is an obvious invitation for thieves to come in. That said, even windows and doors that are closed can be easily broken into if also unlocked – a thief may be able to slide or wedge them open. Most modern doors and windows come with inside locks. Make sure to use these locks every time you leave the house. You should make sure that the hinges and frame are also in good condition as some burglars may be able to exploit this weakness to get in. Sites like www.kensingtonsecuritydoorsandwindows.com have a good range of secure doors and windows to choose from.

Draw the curtains

Many burglars like to go window shopping. Be wary of any rooms that can be peered into by passers-by – you should draw the curtains at night to stop anyone looking in. Net curtains can be put up permanently to distort the view from outside, whilst letting in light and air. Make sure that no valuables are on the windowsill as these could advertise your property to thieves. Outside obstructions like hedges and walls shouldn’t be relied on for as a deterrent as these may actually have the opposite effect – such outside obstructions make it easy for a burglar to break in without being noticed by other passers-by.

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Install security gadgets

Security gadgets can be useful for keeping away intruders. Burglar alarms are the most effective way to drive away thieves. A thief may succeed at breaking in, but it won’t be long before they’re running out when the alarm shrieking at them and alerting everyone on the road. Sites like www.alarm-reviews.net compare some of the best burglar alarms around and could be useful for making the best purchase for you. Other gadgets to consider include motion sensing lighting and CCTV. Motion sensing lighting operates in the dark whenever motion is detected – it will light up any burglars and is certain to be more economical than having a permanent light glaring all night long. CCTV meanwhile can help to record any criminals in the act. You can buy a motion sensing camera light that combines both functions.

Use dummy deterrents

It’s possible to foil burglars with dummy deterrents that make them think a property is harder to break into than it actually is. In most cases, the sight of a security camera is enough to put off burglars – installing a dummy camera to the front of your home could be more affordable and just as effective as a working camera. You can also warn people away with false signs. Hanging up a ‘beware of the dog’ sign might put off several burglars – it can be an effective strategy even if you don’t own dogs. There are also dummy deterrents to consider for when you’re not at home. Some people may choose to leave the TV on whilst on a night out, or leave some lights on. This may waste energy, but it could convince thieves that there’s someone in and prevent a burglary.

Watch what you put on social media

Lots of people post content on social media without thinking about who can see it. You should make sure that your Facebook profile is private and can only be viewed by friends. That said, it may still pose a risk. There may be a forgotten friend of yours on Facebook who is able to relay information they see on your wall to a burglar. You should be careful of photographs of your home’s interior and information of your address for this reason. Shouting about a holiday on Facebook might also tell people that your home is empty – consider posting those holiday snaps once you’ve got back instead.

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