As the centuries and decades roll on, we understand more about the mental health problems that plague society. We are increasingly finding out why more of us are choosing to be introverted. With the age of the internet and the fourth industrial revolution, we have the ability to interact with anyone, right from within our living rooms. So why go out? Well, we’re also learning that mental health can become worse the more we stay indoors. As with the recent Covid-19 crisis, even people who don’t have mental health conditions are finding it difficult to self-isolate. However, be careful, because not every public space is helpful to those with mental health conditions or those recovering from one.
High street vs mall
If it’s possible at all, try to stick to smaller shopping zones than larger commerce areas. It’s better for someone who suffers from social anxiety, to be in a mom n’ pop shop than in a large mall. Malls have hundreds if not thousands of people, all traveling, chatting, eating and lining up in tight spaces. If you do feel more self-conscious in these types of areas, then don’t put yourself through it. Go do your shopping at an earlier time when there are so many people in one place. You could also shop for fewer items every couple of days after work. This will limit the amount of time you spend overall, in crowded spaces. If you have a high street nearby, then you should go and do your shopping there. Malls are complexes, self-contained and can make you feel trapped. But high streets have more natural light and fresh air.
Sports events among the crowd are very loud. There’s lots of cheering, swearing, laughing and chanting that goes on. For someone with any sort of mental health condition, this can cause a mental overload. Your cognitive skills may also be affected and your ability to express how you feel, diminished. It’s also a place where horrible things can happen sometimes. There are slippery concrete stairs, standing water puddles and other hazards that you have to avoid. However, if you suffer a panic attack or a claustrophobic episode, it will be worse as you’re in a loud crowded area. Consequently, if the stadium isn’t properly managed, you can slip, fall and injure yourself badly. If you suffer a brain injury, don’t rely on insurers to take care of you. If you have Lloyd’s disability insurance, you’ll most likely need a lawyer who will fight your battle for you. They are known not to give out the payouts that policyholders need so a lawyer will get you much more compensation than you would get otherwise.
Shopping for groceries
Grocery stores are in the midst of drastic safety protocols. This pandemic has perhaps made grocery shopping even more challenging than normal. If you have mental health issues, it’s best to sign up for an online shopping account with your favorite store brand. Have the shopping delivered to you instead of shopping in narrow aisles.
Avoid public spaces if you can but try to go outside more often. It’s good for your mental health and that’s good for your physical health too.