The practice of “social distancing” has been mandated by our government, which means we are isolated in quarantine, and away from our friends, colleagues, and extended family members. Even if you are an introvert and don't love social situations, studies show that too much isolation can be detrimental to our mental health.
For those who already suffer from anxiety, depression, or past trauma, social distancing has a way of bringing up past trauma to the surface. During this time, those people may need social support from their family and friends to lift them up. However, with social distancing in place, their mental health may be in more danger than ever --- as with isolation comes loneliness.
Isolation is the physical separation from others while loneliness is the emotional feeling of being alone. Loneliness is associated with bad quality of sleep, lower immune system, and high blood pressure. Studies show depression is more frequent among those who are lonely.
Not only that, the fact that we don't know when we will get out of the isolation period only makes matter worse. Being out of control contributes to anxiety which can lead to a deeper feeling of depression and hopelessness.
Things you can do to help alleviate your mood during this time:
These are just a few tactics you can incorporate into your daily routine. However, if you find yourself having suicidal thoughts, reach out to a mental health professional who can guide you through this time.
Feeling depressed during COVID-19? You are not alone. Call our office for your free consultation. Our clinic is still open and accepting patients on a limited basis.