Today’s Word Search: Mental health, a difficult thing to nurture in the pandemic

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The pandemic threw most people’s sense of well-being out of sync. Image Credit: Stock photo/Pixabay

Happiness, sadness, anger, pity, hope – emotions are an intrinsic part of the human experience. But sometimes, it puts people through the grind, leaving them a little worse for wear.

Click start to play today’s Word Search, where you’ll have to spot all the emotional cues!

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing people indoors last year, many of us had the chance to reflect on our mental health. The pandemic threw most people’s sense of well-being out of sync. The usual stress of work, finances, and health were compounded by fears of being exposed to COVID-19, along with feelings of isolation and an irregular sleep and diet regime.

In August 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a survey across 130 countries and found that over 60 per cent of them reported disruptions to mental health services for vulnerable people, including children and adolescents, older adults, and women requiring postnatal services.

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons people decided to find out what they could do to create a more positive environment for themselves. On May 11, 2020, Google Trends announced that the search item “self-care” was at an all-time high. As part of the trend, people searched for breathing exercises, peaceful playlists, virtual meditation and ideas for relaxation.

Mental health is important for children, too. Abruptly finding themselves in a strange new world, many found help in the form of books. In April last year, the United Nations collaborated with WHO and 50 other organisations to release a new storybook, aimed at 6- to 11-year-olds, called “My Hero is You”. Its purpose was to help young people understand and come to terms with COVID-19. More than 30 other related books are being released, as well.

Play today’s Word Search and share how you dealt with your emotions at the peak of the pandemic, at games@gulfnews.com.