COVID-19, Financial Hardship Contributing To Mental Health Problems While On Vacation


“A year ago, I actually heard more despair than I hear now. Now people are used to it, so I don’t hear the desperation as much as the frustration of, when is this going to end? ” said Bemel.

Some Minnesotans told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they felt increased stress over school closures and childcare complications, confusion over the new omicron variant of the virus, and tension with limbs. family about masking and vaccines.

“At the end of the day, I know I’m not the only person in trouble, everyone is doing it,” said Keely Biddlecom of Maple Grove. “For me, paying my bills and trying to make Christmas happen, especially when you have kids, is very stressful.”

Elaine Castile of Minneapolis added, “When I walked into my garage this morning my tire was flat. It’s not a good feeling, especially when your pocket is for Christmas.”

Bemel encourages Minnesotans to take a holistic perspective on the stressors that can build up in their lives.

“It’s easy to fall into, oh my gosh, things have never been so bad,” Bemel said. “But those feelings and thoughts, if they are extremely uncomfortable, they will pass. Remember you are not going to feel this forever.”

Bemel helps his patients deal with difficult feelings and tries to give practical advice on how to deal with the blues.

“Some are basic and general personal care. Let’s not forget the importance of going outside. I tell my patients that going out every day is not an option, it is a form of treatment,” said Bemel.

She also recommends getting daily exercise to help restore both your body and your mind.

“Another idea, do something you’ve never done before. Do something creative. Do something you never would have thought of in your wildest dreams, as it can change the chemicals in our minds. and our bodies and can activate what we call neuropathways, new ways of learning and being with ourselves, ”said Bemel.

She encourages Minnesotans to connect with other people, animals and nature when they are feeling stressed.

And she suggests sticking to an established routine.

“We all love exciting new surprises, but think back to Kindergarten and Preschool. It’s that structure that helps us feel safe and self-regulate,” Bemel said.

And for people who spend the holidays sick, in quarantine, or away from friends and family, she recommends acknowledging difficult feelings but not dwelling on them.

“It’s a blip on the screen. Remember we have other vacations we can look forward to. This is just one of many,” Bemel said.


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