Azealia Banks shares how lockdown has taken its toll on her mental health

Azealia Banks shares how lockdown has taken its toll on her mental health

Azealia Banks shares how lockdown has taken its toll on her mental health

A few days ago, American rapper and actress Azealia Banks posted a series of Instagram stories showing suicidal thoughts. These were due to a combination of a lack of social interaction and intimacy — in addition to what she perceived as constant public ridicule.

She went on to say that her “soul is tired” and she is “ready to go”.

Fans send Azealia Banks love

The singer’s suicidal thoughts set off alarm bells and fans showed their concern and compassion. Many took to Twitter to support Banks and send her love.

I hope #AzealiaBanks knows that we care and we love her. This time is hard on everybody but u can’t let it consume u. Y’all to friends. Encourage each other and strengthen each other

— NightWing (@YoungKo60411746) August 9, 2020

Azealia Banks has been crying out for help for quite some time, and no one is listening. Mental illness is real; should be taken seriously. I’m praying for her health and well-being. ??#AzealiaBanks

— Tee (@its_yo_girl_tee) August 9, 2020


You seem to have a lot to offer to the world.

Someone is whispering hopelessness in your ear.

CHANGE your environment.

DO NOT end it all.

You must become your SPIRITUAL (living) self now.

That means BORN AGAIN.

(The old tenure is ‘done’.)#AZEALIABANKS

— Purselogic WOMEN OF THE SENTRY (@purselogic) August 9, 2020

Banks did update followers and fans on how she was feeling a few days later.

She posted a selfie with the caption “I’m fine, better than I was before” just days after the original post.

Lockdown takes its toll

The global pandemic is not only a physical health risk, it also a threat to mental health. And the singer’s post shows that evidently the stars are no less human than we are.

Many will be able to relate to the concerns which Banks highlights because lockdown has been negative in a variety of areas of life.

Student give anti-depression advice

KwaZulu-Natal students gave their input on how the lockdown has affected their mental health. They agree it has been difficult and share how they are dealing with these tough times.

Have a daily routine

Durban University of Technology (DUT) third-year journalism student Nasiha Khan advises that you set up some kind of structure to your day.

“The key to staying sane is to have a routine, I try to wake up early in the morning.

“I look for things to do to keep my mind from wandering, to stay productive.”

Khan also tries her best to keep neat, saying: “Keeping neat, in the sense that I’m comfortable but also presentable, helps me feel better.”

Get creative with hobbies

DUT BTech interior design student Yoivani Govender relies on creative outlets to stay sane.

“As an interior designer, I used this time to expand my creative skills by redesigning my personal spaces,” said Govender.

“Our minds constantly need a challenge and stimulation to stay healthy. Which is why I also started gardening and baking, as well as focusing on some self-care routines. This helped me keep a positive attitude.”

Keep fit at home

DUT third-year information and communications technology student Verain Vaugh Ivasen advises that you stay fit and active.

“The challenge of being indoors all day and little social interaction other than social media takes a toll on mental health,” says Ivasen.

“While on lockdown, gyms across the country have been closed so we are forced to get creative with our training. That means finding different programmes that require little to no gym equipment.”

Go in a new direction

Mancosa business management postgrad student Adhir Bandhoo has found release in developing an unexpected new skill.

“As an extrovert who is used to playing cricket daily, lockdown has taken a toll on my mental health,” said Bandhoo.

“But the social aspect has been the hardest because human interaction helps you stay connected. When that is removed, the mind space for studying becomes difficult because you feel alone.

“I have tried to develop my skills through learning how to cook better.” Protection Status

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