During times like these, we can start to feel very lonely. We know in order to protect both ourselves and our loved ones, self isolation and social distancing has to happen. For us introverts it is heaven, (it’s only been a few days for me) but for the extroverts out there it is not so easy.
Introverts get their energy from themselves whereas extroverts get their energy from others. Saying that, even us introverts love being with people from time to time so this article applies to all of us to some degree.
So, for me right now, I have my energy back and I am enjoying the quiet time but I know many of you are not feeling the same. Many are feeling lonely and depressed during self isolation.
Social isolation and depression go hand in hand for many. This is why prison is a good deterrent as it is a punishment!
Now I know we don’t see it that way when we are helping others to stay safe and we are helping to protect the vulnerable, but it will still feel this way for many people.
Each country right now is in different stages of isolation. Some are social distancing and some are in self isolation. So, let’s talk about each of these and find out the differences.
What Is Social Distancing?
Social distancing means to distance ourselves from other people to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus.
How do we do this? We need to significantly limit face to face contact if possible.
If you can go outside for a walk, or to the shops for food, either wear a mask and make sure you stay 2 metres away from other people.
If you have to have visitors to help you in your home, (health care services, carers or family members) you must follow handwashing and hygiene advice. I wrote an article on washing hands properly here.
If your visitor is unwell they should make other arrangements to care for you.
What Is Self Isolation?
Self isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus. This is to stop other people from getting it, or spreading it.
What To Do When Living In Isolation
It is important that you keep your mind distracted from feeling isolated. You can use this time to do things you don’t usually give yourself the time to do, like practicing self-love.
- Do your own nails as you can’t go to the nail salon right now
- Give yourself a facial
- Meditate daily
- Read a book
- Write a book
- Watch movies
If you need more than this and need some stimulation from other people you can:
- Make a phone call to a friend or loved one
- Have a skype conversation
- Chat via a Facebook live
- Talk to your neighbours via your balcony (or sing like they are dong in Italy)
If you need to reach out to someone please do. Many people are vulnerable to depression and mental health issues right now. Many others are aware people are struggling and are happy to support you.
I had a friend leave me a message this week and he said, “This is a social outreach call” to make sure I was doing well. This really cheered me up as I knew someone cared. It does not take much to help someone feel like they are not alone.
If you know you are feeling isolated and notice the effects of social isolation on mental health, know that there are many things you can do to help with depression. Anxiety plays a huge role in depression.
If you are feeling anxious about anything you can watch this 6 part video series to help you whenever signs of stress are present, or when you’re seeking an anxiety holistic approach to deal with stress, and its partner anxiety.
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