Covid-19’s Toll on Mental Health

When Covid-19 caused businesses to send employees home to work remotely, Ashima Bhayana was relieved. The 32-year-old customer success specialist at a Chicago health tech company had struggled at times to “be around colleagues, to put on a brave face” on days when her clinical depression flared. At first, working from home felt like a much-needed break. However, that soon changed. “With each passing month, it’s gotten harder because of the isolation,” says Bhayana, who has fought depression for 10 years and lives with her husband and a rescue pup. She misses her colleagues, especially those with whom she had recently begun to form friendships after seven months on the job. The loss of her work routine also has upset her sleep and exercise schedules both key to her wellness. And she’s been anxious about the virus. “I’m like, oh my God, I don’t want to get Covid-19.”