Just recently I read an article about how the global pandemic had for multiple reasons had an impact not just on individual physical health but also their mental health as well. Although I might have the privilege of a stable home-life where I could quarantine in, others might not be in the same situation. Additionally, there are others that will experience anxiety, stress, and depression more so because they must shelter in place. So, what are some ways that we can cope with the negative consequences that this pandemic has had on our mental health? One of the ways (while maintaining social distancing of course) is to take a walk and experience fresh air. I often like to listen to a podcast every morning while I take my dog on a walk. Other ways are to reach out to your support system through virtual means such as facetime, Zoom meetings, or even a phone call. Sometimes just hearing another person on the other line can help you feel not so alone. It is important that we understand that shelter-in-place orders and social distancing are done for the good of the community as a whole, and we might feel alone, but we are in this together.
Kimia is currently in her first year of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. Her interests in medicine include family planning, patient advocacy, in addition to pediatrics and adolescent gynecology.
During her spare time, she enjoys trail running, hiking, and making pizza. She has previously contributed as a medical student and is excited to share her journey through residency with everyone.Instagram