Who We Are?
With the up-coming economic challenges because of COVID-19, more and more people will end up either working from home, or staying at home without a job. That brings a huge negative impact not only on the economics of the households but also on the mental state of the members of households. Since work is carried now at home, and/or there is a lack of activity – creating a healthy work-life balance becomes harder than ever.
What is social isolation?
Social isolation is a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society. It differs from loneliness, which reflects temporary and involuntary lack of contact with other humans in the world. Social isolation can be an issue for individuals of any age, though symptoms may differ by age group. Khullar, Bhruv (2016-12-22). “How Social Isolation Is Killing Us”. The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
Social isolation has similar characteristics in both temporary instances and for those with a historical lifelong isolation cycle. All types of social isolation can include staying home for lengthy periods of time, having no communication with family, acquaintances or friends, and/or willfully avoiding any contact with other humans when those opportunities do arise.
Due to social isolation you might be experiencing:
You are not alone. It is very normal in times of social isolation to feel any of these.
How does it affect us negatively?
Social isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, fear of others, or negative self-esteem. Lack of consistent human contact can also cause conflict with the (peripheral) friends the socially isolated person may occasionally talk to or cause problems with family members.
In the case of mood-related isolation, the individual may isolate during a depressive episode only to ‘surface’ when their mood improves. The individual may attempt to justify their reclusive or isolating behaviour as enjoyable or comfortable. There can be an inner realization on the part of the individual that there is something wrong with their isolating responses which can lead to heightened anxiety. Relationships can be a struggle, as the individual may reconnect with others during a healthier mood only to return to an isolated state during a subsequent low or depressed mood.
“The magnitude of risk associated with social isolation is comparable with that of cigarette smoking and other major biomedical and psychosocial risk factors. However, our understanding of how and why social isolation is risky for health — or conversely — how and why social ties and relationships are protective of health, still remains quite limited.”
James S. House, Psychosomatic Medicine, 2001, Issue 2, Volume 63, pages 273 – 274
Why is it important to take action now?
Wilson et al. (2007) reported that, after controlling for social network size and frequency of social activity, perceived social isolation is predictive of cognitive decline and risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, the social interactions of individuals who feel socially isolated are more negative and less subjectively satisfying (Hawkley, Preacher, and Cacioppo, 2007). This contributes to a vicious cycle in which the person becomes more and more isolated.
Don´t be part of that statistic. Take control now!