Pandemic helps bring new awareness to mental health

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The COVID-19 pandemic took a big toll on many peoples’ mental health. However, some also became more resilient.

Cleveland Clinic Psychologist Dr. Susan Albers says it’s one of many positive changes to come out of the last couple of years.

Albers says the pandemic also triggered more conversations about mental health – which helped reduce stigmas.

In addition, many people had to find new ways to cope if they couldn’t go to the gym or connect with family and friends.

Albers says research shows some still continue with these new habits even now that the restrictions have ended.

Another benefit was people learned how to say no and set boundaries.

For example, if they didn’t want to go somewhere, they had no problem speaking up about it and that seems to have continued.

Albers says on a similar note, people have also adjusted their social connections to fit more with what they like.

“Cognitively, this is really important for the future. This helps people to not fear change or bad things happening, because they know that they can cope with it, they have social support and they can adapt to the situation,” said Albers.