With increasing numbers of people isolated because of quarantine and social distancing measures, COVID-19 is not the only public health threat to be concerned about – loneliness is one as well. Humans are social creatures by nature and strive to belong and interact with others. When someone is secluded, cut off from others, negative health effects are the result.
For many people, the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 is confusing and stressful. As the coronavirus pandemic affects different facets of society, places of worship, social gatherings, and events that usually fill weekends are off-limits. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are normal considering the isolation and social distancing practices.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are a few tips to help ease anxiety and the feelings of uncertainty.
• Take breaks from news media, hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Make time to unwind and enjoy activities like reading or hobbies.
• Get plenty of sleep.
• Stay connected with video chats, messages, texting, and phone calls. Stay in touch with people.
COVID-19 has reminded us that the human connection can spread illness. But human connection also promotes wellness. If anxiety is getting worse and interfering with daily functioning, reach out.