Social Distancing and Mental Health


Darcyn Gross, Staff Reporter

Social distancing during quarantine is important, but it can also have negative effects on the mental health of some individuals.  

While self- isolation and social distancing can play an important role in stopping the spread of the virus and keeping yourself and others safe, it is important to make sure individuals practicing isolation keep themselves healthy, both physically and mentally.  

Being isolated for an extended period of time can cause feelings of loneliness, loss of control, stress, and more. Especially for students and those working from home, it can make it hard to stay focused on tasks. 

There are many ways to help cope with the stresses of social distancing. It can be hard to stay focused on tasks while being isolated. Keeping a daily routine, such as doing chores in the morning, work in the afternoon, and leisure time in the evening, can help keep a sense of control during the quarantine. Another way to stay focused on work is to separate areas where work takes place from leisure areas. This creates a variety of places that can be used to take a break from one task to another.  

It is also important to keep in touch with friends and family during the quarantine. Social distancing can make someone feel alone and disconnected. If it is impossible to meet with others in person, there are many ways someone can chat and communicate with others. Texting, face timing, emailing, and calling are perfect ways to stay in touch while also practicing safe social distancing.  

Staying physically active is another good way to keep not only the mind, but also the body healthy. Although gyms and parks are closing, it is easy to stay active in one’s own home. Simple things such as doing yoga or jogging around the house are great ways to stay in shape during isolation. Home workouts are also a great way to combat the feeling of boredom that can accompany isolation.  

During quarantine, it is still possible to find professional help through Telehealth. There are many online therapy options that can be conducted through video chat, calls, email, and text. Lakelands counseling services are also open to students who feel the need to reach out. Telehealth services are available by appointment provided by Alex Liosatos and Christine Jenkins For questions regarding these services, email [email protected] or [email protected] 

It is important to stay informed during isolation. Keeping up to date on new reports and guidelines is key to staying healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. The CDC frequently updates its website on guidelines for COVID-19 and social distancing. Even though keeping up with the news is a good way to stay safe, be sure to take breaks. It can become stressful to stay enveloped in the overwhelming number of updates.