Our minds can only operate in a consistent manner based on the thresholds that our minds can apply and process. The exposure to certain conditioning and situations can so very easily tip the scales from being sane to becoming insane. Therefore, our ability to deal with a particular outcome is only matched by the tolerances of our minds. When the mind is stretched too many times beyond it’s acceptable limits this is when we start to become mentally unwell.

Environmental and sociological factors play a very big part in our ability to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. When the Covid-19 pandemic appeared, this ruleset changed and for once there was an even playing field consisting of the same uncertainty, and same sense of loss and bewilderment. The same overstretching of our minds was felt across all aspects of life by everyone. Fear of the unknown became the dominant emotion and the sense of helplessness further impacted those already suffering from a pre-existing mental health condition.

In a cruel twist of fate, a large portion of society was now experiencing the same amplification of the minds of those who were already mentally unwell. For those not used to these feelings it shook the very core of their foundations. Their mental anguish was not only alien to them and for those around them, but it was also further compounded by a lack of direction and professional health care. Normal behaviours and social interactions had been replaced with a void of despair and mental turmoil. With little or no help during lockdowns many people were left to fight their own mental health battles with a 24/7 imposed curfew.

Many people lost loved ones during Covid, or experienced relationship issues and financial hardship due to their work situations. Many inherited a mental health condition through no fault of their own. The pandemic was the ultimate consumer of souls in so many ways, and it showed us all how fragile and delicate life can be. We all felt vulnerable in one way or another and this sensation of helplessness took a toll on us both physically and mentally. The legacy of Covid is unfortunately not going away any time soon. 

Did we really need a global pandemic to make people acknowledge that having a mental health condition is now acceptable. Surely as a society we should have progressed further down the line with this and way before the first mention of wearing a surgical mask. We now have a legacy of empty hearts, tortured minds and scars that will span generations to come. There are too many people walking around in society with minds that are so delicate that the slightest of push will send them over the edge. Trust me when I say this but this is not a path you want to go down.

For those of you without any form of mental illness I salute your bravery and ability to function normally. I admire your ability to tackle a situation without a thousand permutations floating around in your mind. I admire your love of life and sense of direction. I am grateful that you may be one of the lucky few that the pandemic never managed to taint your soul and mind. 

A mind free of turmoil is to be cherished and loved because it could all change at the drop of a hat.

(A small segment of this article was taken from my mental health book, Bedlam & Tea which is available to buy on Amazon Kindle).