Consequences of long-term isolation
Recently, a study was published at a professional congress of psychologists that quarantine can have significant psychological consequences, starting with nervousness, Fear of infection, Restlessness, Decreased motivation, Irritability, Hopelessness, Difficulty concentrating, Improper sleep patterns, including drowsiness or insomnia, Difficulty with waking up, Lethargy, Distrust of people around you, Lack of patience, Persistent sadness or depression, Increased anxiety, Panic attacks, post-traumatic stress, and even psychosis, among which paranoia is most common.
The most important stress factors in quarantine are: Frustration, Boredom, Lack of information, Financial losses, Lack of usual care, and stigma of illness, Fear of uncertainty, future...
In such crisis situations, there is a great need for the help of a psychologist, so that isolation would have as few consequences as possible on our psyche.
We will list several types of self-help. Note these are general tips. Each person is different, special, and needs an individual approach to their problem. If this does not help within 2 weeks, do not hesitate and seek professional help as soon as possible, because any delay prolongs the healing process.
1. Let’s set up a daily routine!
Everyone needs to make their daily routine individually, and it is certainly important that our day is organized. We can even make a list every morning, what our goal is that day, thus creating a sense of productivity and normalcy. According to the psychologist, it is not only important to organize the day, but also not to be at home in pajamas all-day
2. By maintaining contact against insulation
Since we are social beings, isolation is the hardest thing for all of us. That is why we advise you to maintain contacts, not to neglect them. In one study that studied the SARS epidemic in 2003, it was concluded that the percentage of post-traumatic stress in people in quarantine could range between 10 and 29 percent. Isolation is a test for each of us, but it is probably the most difficult for those who live alone. According to the psychologist, regular social contact is necessary, through social networks, specialized communication programs. (Skype, Viber, Messenger ...). Maintain virtual contacts with positive people,
3. Don't let them manipulate you!
In case of emergencies, deformations are a regular companion. Some of the fake news came from fear and some from the exhibitionist needs of certain people. People as a species, for various reasons, like to draw attention to themselves, project their hatred, dissatisfaction, hopelessness on the world around them, so you can read all kinds of misinformation on social networks, sites, YouTube ... Use official channels to get information. By using unofficial channels, ie misinformation, it can cause anger, resentment towards certain individuals, groups of people, differences in certain people, and thus worsen the already bad situation, spent in isolation, as well as paranoid behavior, which is one of the more difficult mental disorders.
4. What awaits us after the epidemic and isolation?
No one can forbid you to plan, imagine, and organize the time you will spend after the lifting of emergency measures and the end of isolation. This is very important because when a person has a goal, imagination, plans for the future, it will be easier for him to spend time in isolation. Going to favorite places, Going to provide, hanging out with friends, relatives, planning vacations, etc.
5. Express the creative side.
A wise person takes advantage of both negative situations and states and turns them into positive ones. Situations of imposed isolation are ideal for learning new skills, knowledge, the manifestation of your inner world. Dive into the world of creativity, learn what you have always wanted, but did not have time, to play an instrument, paint, learn a new foreign language, complete an online course, make a dish that takes a long time to make ..... so that the excess time will not even feel it, and time will fly by with quality.
6. Sweat, relax and be in the sun
Too little exercise - poor health. Exercise also affects the secretion of endorphin - a hormone that affects you to feel good and be in a good mood. Do exercises, shape your body, lose weight. Another important factor is the sun. The sun also helps us to secrete more of all hormons of happiness. Go out on the terrace, sunbathe. Everyone loves the sea and the beaches, for that reason. It is body chemistry, hormones, not emotion towards the sunny sea. It doesn’t have to be planned every minute of the day. And rest, if it is constructive, is pleasant. Relaxation exercises, meditation, proper breathing exercises - try one of them and you will already understand their purpose. You regularly clean the house, as a form of physical activity, so you keep your space clean and tidy and engage in physical recreation.
It should be emphasized that mental health is also the basis of physical health. Isolation affects the mental state and weakens the immune system. You should know that the consequences of quarantine accumulate. As already mentioned, do not hesitate if you experience any of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks. We will end with one old Psychotherapeutic rule. "The longer the disease lasts, the longer the healing process lasts."