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Self-Isolation is a Recipe for Depression

The phrase “self isolation” is perhaps one of the most used phrases over the last one year, thanks to precautionary measures that we have to take if we exhibit probable symptoms of COVID-19. However, it is not a new term as self-isolation has been long identified as a possible symptom of mental health problems like depression.

In a situation when self-isolation has become a mandate, people vulnerable to depression and other associated behavior health problems are in a grave situation. Probably, that’s the reason the prevalence of mental health problems has increased startlingly over the last one year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.

Impact of Self-isolation on Mental Health

Self isolation or loneliness may negatively your mental health in multiple ways, including increased wake time after sleep onset and reduced time in bed spent asleep. Experts suggest that loneliness caused due to self-isolation may lead to development of depressive symptoms. In addition, loneliness for any reason has been found to raise risk of suicide in terms of both suicide attempts and completed suicide among older adults. Loneliness, along with depressive symptoms, may also cause worsening of cognition over time. In addition, loneliness and social isolation have found to be significantly associated with incidence of dementia.

Dealing with Self-Isolation Induced Depression

  1. It is the Time to Consider the Negative Impact of Isolation: The best way to face a challenge is to take it head-on by acknowledging that it exists. Once you know the reason behind your overwhelming feelings, it doesn’t bother you much and you are in a better condition to find a way to deal with it. Don’t stress yourself. Stay away from misleading information and outdated assumptions. See an expert and believe what they say and advise you to do to enjoy better quality of life.
  1. Create a Routine to Keep you Engaged: Staying idle may lead to rumination or pitying about your mental health problems. Don’t entertain any thoughts of stigma. Rather, keep yourself busy through healthy habits, like practicing relaxation techniques, reading what you like to eat, listening to energizing music while taking a shower, cooking or anything and everything that give your mental peace. Also, spare time for mindfulness and mandatory practices like stretching your body on a regular basis or getting a full night’s sleep.
  1. Go Outside (Watch out for COVID-19 Instructions, of course): While, it’s not advisable to breach COVID-19 safety guidelines like maintaining social distancing, prefer staying home and keeping a “COVID-safe” distance from other people, it doesn’t mean you lock yourself inside your home. It is important to know that the natural light is an excellent source of vitamin D, which is known to help fight depression. Go face the sun, sit in the lap of nature, and believe in you abilities. You might be feeling low at the moment but you are as strong now as you know you always were.

While we believe in you self-belief and your inner strength, we assure you our support whenever you would need us. You can call our 24/7 helpline 855-441-4405 if your need any support for depression treatment. You can also chat online with our experts who can help assess your requirements and suggest a depression treatment plan.

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