What isolation does to a person’s mental health
We all feel lonely at one time or another. As we age, depression is more common due to self-isolation/social distancing. COVID-19 is now presenting more reasons for social isolation and loneliness leading to more depression and anxiety among individuals. Depression is a normal feeling that one cannot always control on their own. Depression should be acknowledged by individuals in order to find peace at this difficult time. Individuals can reframe negative thoughts to positive thoughts, keep routines in place as much as possible, avoid over watching news updates on COVID-19, keep a journal of feelings one is experiencing to look back on later, and most importantly, seek professional help by telehealth resources to manage depression and anxiety.
It is important to reach out for help. Even with the social distancing in place, therapy is available to provide the social contact needed to learn skills to cope with the current events of 2020. Communicating via telephone, web or other social media, therapists can support individuals in this journey. Connecting individuals with other individuals who are needing social support is a step in closing in on isolation. Taking care of oneself by getting enough sleep, exercise and eating a balanced diet is important in healing. Calming music, meditation, and possibly a therapeutic medication can help a person transition smoothly through this time of change. There are many more resources available that address coping during the COVID-19 pandemic online or from a medical professional.
This virus has taught so many how to share, care and step up to help fight hunger, homelessness, and financial instability to name a few. Physical distancing is probably the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing is also probably the number one cause of isolation, loneliness and depression in many lives today. We must make an effort to stay connected to our loved ones. We must provide the support and compassion needed to successfully survive this social distancing war.