What We Learnt This Ramadan

 In Awareness Blogs, Covid19
With the last few days of Ramadan left, let’s share what we have learnt this month with regard to
COVID-19 and mental health disorders and stigma during this time.
Every year, millions of people fast from sunrise to sunset as their religious duty. They believe,
and science also proves, that fasting for a month has a positive impact on physical health and
also improves mental well-being.
This year, with lockdown imposed in the country, many of the Ramadan festivities, were missing.
With many struggling to find jobs after being laid off and the labor class struggling because of
the economic condition, we still see huge crowds visiting markets for Eid preparations. On one
hand, where people suffer from mental health issues due to the uncertainty of the condition and
the financial situation; the other is preparing for a celebration that may cause an extreme hike in
local transmission cases of the COVID-19. If there is a rise in transmission cases because of the
insensitivity of the masses, the country will have to lock down again to reduce the number of
cases. The spirit of Ramadan is caring for others around you apart from praying.
The domino effect of the rise in local transmission cases is something expected for Pakistan
owing to the state of the healthcare system. Cities like New York with exemplary healthcare
systems are collapsing and people still pay no heed to the warnings issued by the government.

What impact does it have on mental health?

ReliveNow’s Free Virtual Clinic has seen a rise in people concerned about their safety in this
pandemic. Many state the insensitivity of the people around them to be the reason behind their
rising anxiety and depression. People with already underlying mental health issues have
aggravated conditions, while new cases of anxiety, OCD, and eating disorders are on the rise. As
a nation, it is up to us to stand together as a nation for the prevention of new COVID-19 cases.
Even if going to the market is a necessity, we must follow strict safety measures.
Eating disorders were previously one of the biggest issues to tackle in Ramadan. This Ramadan
we also see a rise in cases of eating disorders alongside depression because of the restlessness
that many people are experiencing. No one knows when the pandemic will end and we can go
back to leading normal lives. The masses need to understand that their actions can
have negative consequences for themselves and also others around them, physically as well as mentally.
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