Common Ways COVID-19 Affects Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting our mental health — causing widespread increases in stress, depression and anxiety. Light Lounge has identified some of the top stressors arising from this pandemic, and we hope that we can provide information and technology to improve your mood and mental health.

Common Ways that COVID-19 Affects Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that a virus can do damage beyond just our bodies — fear of infection, stay-at-home orders and a new way of life are creating extreme mental tolls on our society1. We have found some of the common stressors identified by researchers and clinics to help our readers understand some of the most common risks to mental health that the pandemic poses.

  • Loneliness and Isolation: People who must stay at home are experiencing increased levels of depression and anxiety from loneliness and social isolation1.
  • Lose-Lose Situations: With national and state stay-at-home restrictions and a lack of health care infrastructure for many front line workers, people must often make choices between risking their health to make wages or staying at home with no pay1. People feel guilt and regret no matter what decision they make, putting a huge mental burden on the working class1.
  • Crushed Expectations: The COVID-19 disrupted plans to go to school, travel, take new job opportunities, and visit family members1. All of these cancelled plans can leave people crushed and depressed with nothing to look forward to in the foreseeable future1.
  • When Society Suffers, Mental Health Does Too: Researchers have found that mental health is affected by the state of the economy, job market, and turbulent political climate3. When COVID-19 disrupts how our society works, people are more likely to suffer from more stress, anxiety and depression2.
  • Overwhelmed Front-Line Workers:: Medical workers have experienced increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, as they are overworked and at a high risk of getting seriously ill from the very virus that they are fighting8.
  • Children and Teens are Losing Crucial Life Experiences: Children, teenagers and young adults need social interaction to develop and thrive in the world5. Children are missing school and social activities, and are unable to develop and express themselves in the world5. Children and adolescents are experiencing more PTSD, stress, depression and are less able to focus on schoolwork5. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely affect children later in life no matter how they are experiencing the pandemic5.
  • Parents are Overwhelmed: Parents with school-aged children at home must balance work with being a caregiver5. They must also take the place of teachers to oversee their children’s learning5. Children with learning disabilities or high energy can be challenging for parents to take care of alongside normal work activities5.
  • Stress is Leading to More Thoughts on Self-harm, Suicide: The pandemic has corelated with higher rates of suicide among all people, pressuring everyone from front-line medical personell to stay-at-home remote workers9.

These common effects of the pandemic on affects mental health may seem overwhelming, but Light Therapy can help2,,4,6,7. Light Therapy uses the power of photobiomodulation to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body2,6,7. Photobiomodulation can reduce stress, improve mood and reduce feelings of depression2,4,6,7. Whether your mental health is suffering from the pandemic or from other conditions, properly administered Light Therapy from Light Lounge may be able to help you feel better with no side-effects2,4,6,7.

At Light Lounge, we recognize that mental health is a top priority in these uncertain times. Read our tips for handling stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow our blog to find the latest research on Light Therapy and check out our shop to find science-backed products that boost health.

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Works cited

  1. Auerbach, J., & Miller, B. F. (2020). COVID-19 Exposes the Cracks in Our Already Fragile Mental Health System. American Journal of Public Health, 110(7), 969–970.
  2. Hamblin, M. R. (2016). Shining light on the head: Photobiomodulation for brain disorders. BBA Clinical, 6, 113–124.
  3. Kontoangelos, K., Economou, M., & Papageorgiou, C. (2020). Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 Pandemia: A Review of Clinical and Psychological Traits. Psychiatry Investigation, 17(6), 491–505.
  4. M.d, P. C., Petrie, S. R., Hamblin, M. R., M.d, T. A. H., & M.d, D. V. I. (2016). Review of transcranial photobiomodulation for major depressive disorder: Targeting brain metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurogenesis. Neurophotonics, 3(3), 031404.
  5. Orben, A., Tomova, L., & Blakemore, S.-J. (2020). The effects of social deprivation on adolescent development and mental health. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 4(8), 634–640.
  6. Picard, M., & McEwen, B. S. (2018). Psychological Stress and Mitochondria: A Systematic Review. Psychosomatic Medicine, 80(2), 141–153.
  7. Schiffer, F., Johnston, A. L., Ravichandran, C., Polcari, A., Teicher, M. H., Webb, R. H., & Hamblin, M. R. (2009). Psychological benefits 2 and 4 weeks after a single treatment with near infrared light to the forehead: A pilot study of 10 patients with major depression and anxiety. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 5(1), 46.
  8. Shah, K., Kamrai, D., Mekala, H., Mann, B., Desai, K., & Patel, R. S. (2020). Focus on Mental Health During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Applying Learnings from the Past Outbreaks. Cureus, 12(3).
  9. Sher, L. (2020). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine.


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