Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You're really brave to talk about all of this and I'm really glad that you're here.
Firstly, I want to let you know that you are not alone. Studying and working is a lot to handle, especially during a lockdown when you're living alone! It's natural that you're feeling this way and I empathise completely.
If it helps to know, I'm also studying, working, and living alone too. I really felt overwhelmed earlier this year and I had a similar feeling of guilt when I thought about dropping a unit. However, when I finally did, it helped a lot. I needed the time to just take care of myself and it relieved so much stress. Extending your study is not a bad thing, especially if you're doing it to take care of yourself. Something that helped me was to remind myself: your education is important, but your mental health always comes first 😊
I'm really sorry that you can't see your friends or family right now due to COVID. I'm wondering if you think it might help to talk with them online about how you're feeling? Or maybe your psychologist or psychiatrist?
Thank you again for sharing BerdNurd. You're not alone and we have your back.