With the uncertainty accompanying the COVID-19 outbreak, it can be overwhelming to acknowledge the difficulties of quarantining yourself for an extended time and the toll it can take on your mental health. Isolation affects:
With daily routines broken and quarantine imposed, loss of control can make many spiral. Feeling cut off from others and unable to perform usual duties can cause feelings of incompetence or low self-worth. Quarantine becomes more daunting as schools close, employees work from home and large events are cancelled. Even with others, the sense of isolation and cabin fever can be too powerful and creative a toxic environment.
The American Psychological Association reports that social isolation involves various risks to your health. Extended isolation can cause lack of sleep, low immune system, depressive symptoms, low cardiovascular health and impaired executive function, making it difficult to manage focus, emotions and direction.
Though a temporary situation, even brief periods of loneliness can have negative effects on your mental well-being. If you are not in quarantine with others, take time to call or video chat with friends or positive people in your life. Watch live streams of concerts, celebrities or of games to feel as if you’re hanging out with others in real time. Anything that makes you feel positive in a negative situation is worth investing your time in.
Fortunately, there are people, like those of us at the ITM Group, who want to help and can help foster a supportive environment to push away feelings of loneliness during isolation.