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Don't let isolation affect your mental health

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Even if you are the kind of person who considers themselves to be on the more antisocial side of the scale, being isolated can severely affect your mental health. The main reason for this is because, under normal circumstances you may choose not to interact with too many people. When isolation is forced on you, it is only natural to feel a greater need to get out there and interact with friends, loved ones, coworkers and just about anyone. Don't let isolation get the better of you. Here are some great tips.

Online interaction

No, it's not the same as face-to-face interactions but it's better than nothing. If you are able to type, talk or better yet, have a video call with somebody you care about, this is an excellent way of fighting those blues. Being able to see your loved ones, albeit on a screen, can help you feel less lonely. It's also worth mentioning that we rely on verbal as well as non-verbal cues when engaging with one another. For this reason, video conversations are the best option of all.

Social media overload

If you thought it was easy to get 'trapped' in the online realm of social media a few months ago, the likelihood of this happening has multiplied exponentially! Sadly, many people are bombarded daily with negative news. When all you see is statistics, horror stories and negative news, it can make even the most positive person question their outlook on life. Be mindful of how much time you spend on social media and, if need be, set some clear time limits. You can also avoid social media by planning alternative activities that do not rely on technology – like reading a book or enjoying arts and crafts.

Reducing stress

This is a bit of a tricky one for many people since we all lead such fast-paced and often stressful lifestyles. Many parents, for example, are no longer having to deal with the stress of work but they have a new kind of stress to handle – homeschooling! Different stress management skills work for different people. Some of the top options include breathing exercises, meditation, exercise and yoga. You can use as many of these methods as you like. It's always a good idea to try them before you choose the one or ones that work best for you.

Getting help

If your anxiety or depression is getting the best of you, do not wait until you can see your therapist in person. They should be able to offer you some help online or over the phone, at least. If you do not yet have a therapist, there should be a local helpline that you can call for emotional support and guidance during this time.

Remember, if you are not feeling like yourself, do not dismiss this! Depression can sneak up on anyone. Isolation affects everyone differently so you should also avoid comparing your feelings to those of your friends and family.

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