Socialising is a human need.
The idea of staying indoors and self-distancing sounds scary, but it is a much-needed thing today, in order to save the society from the outbreak of coronavirus. Social distancing and staying indoors will stop the virus from spreading and infecting the people around you. It is a desired and the only way to resolve the COVID issue. Just like a coin, even the quarantine has two sides; one where it will stop the virus from spreading, and the other is the issue of mental health due to isolation.
A quarantine leads to separation from loved ones, loss of freedom, boredom and uncertainty over when it will end. Being alone, staying indoors and having minimal human contact affects us in various ways psychologically, which we often do not realise. There have been several studies that have highlighted that quarantine in earlier situations has lead to post traumatic disorders, depression and many other conditions of psychological distress.
The most common amongst them all are anxiety and depression. People get more anxious when they are asked to stay indoors, as there is no certainty as to when it will get over. The anxiety can also be over getting sick due to the virus, or your loved ones getting infected. The second most common condition is depression, due to lack of human contact and stress over financial loss and inadequate supplies. These are just two of the two issues. In many instances, people end up developing addiction, phobias, anger issues, fear, or sleep disorders. Further, a lack of information on these issues can make the condition worse for people.
In this critical period, one needs to take care of their mental health religiously. There are many ways by which one can make sure their mental health is not at risk. One can focus on the positive side of this situation, rather than catastrophising the ourbreak and social distancing, by overthinking about it. Here is a list of certain tips one can follow to keep our mental health in place.
We are all in this together, so let’s fight this together. The most important part is to seek help when needed. There are many organisations that are providing online mental health services. Go for them.