Effects of Social Isolation on Mental Health: What to Expect After Quarantine
June 7, 2020
The prospect of seeing your co-workers in person at the office again or reuniting with friends in a restaurant – even with limitations in place – seems more meaningful now as we cautiously emerge from stay-at-home orders. Along the way, we began to appreciate that video-conferencing and drive-by socializing can’t take the place of face-to-face encounters with one another and our own four walls were closing in on us at times.
As you begin to adjust to your new normal, it is important to remember that any distressing event that leaves you feeling isolated, overwhelmed, or helpless and disrupts your normal level of functioning is defined as trauma and may have long-term effects on your mental health. For many, a return to “business as usual” may be accompanied by lingering social isolation effects.
Effects of Social Isolation on Mental Health – What to Look For
The effects of social isolation on mental health are unique to each individual. You may have experienced mental health struggles in the past which have now worsened, or you may be feeling emotionally different in response to the pandemic and wondering whether this is normal and if it will pass. Here are some signs that you should take seriously:
How to Care For Your Mental Health During & After Social Isolation
Consider these self-care tips for lifting your mood, calming your anxiety, and improving your overall mental well-being.
When to Seek Treatment
If you have signs of anxiety, depression, chronic loneliness, or hopelessness, and your enjoyment of life is being negatively impacted, it’s time to get help. Early intervention results in better mental health outcomes.
The effects of recent social isolation on mental health will continue to be felt for some time. If you are struggling, you are not alone. With professional support and a mental health treatment program, you can improve your mental wellness and enjoy life again.