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Dealing with Isolation
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We are living in times of disconnection, and connection. Isolated, yet together, each doing our part to keep the vulnerable safer.
Isolation is tough for humans and can magnify feelings of anxiety and depression, aggravate tensions between partners, and increase dependency on alcohol or other substances.
REMEMBER . . .
Wash your hands -- a lot.
Wear a mask and gloves when out.
Don't touch your face.
Stay 6 feet from others.
No unnecessary travel or errands.
Stay in touch with loved ones.
Meet friends online.
Keep a positive attitude.
We are doing our part by staying at home, but humans are social creatures. Prolonged isolation in a climate of uncertainty can contribute to feelings of anxiety, depression, or increased drug and alcohol use. When isolating in the home, incidents of partner violence increase.
Keep an eye on yourself. If you become overly anxious, sad, or irritable with your partner, it may be time to speak with someone. A friend or a counsellor.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
Symptoms of Anxiety include excessive worry, intrusive "what ifs", catastrophic thinking, difficulty sleeping, sense of doom, agitation, irritability, jumpiness, fatigue, difficulty with focus.
Symptoms of Depression include:
Chronic feelings of sadness, emptiness, loneliness or hopelessness. Irritability, apathy, sleep or digestive troubles. Difficulty focussing, making decisions and recalling things. Thoughts of ending it all. Unexplained body pain.
If you begin to notice that you are not yourself, take steps.
Call or video conference with friends.
Check in with work mates, just to stay in touch.
Try a group video get together.
Appreciate the time to catch up on jobs around the house .
Give your pooch the best walks ever.
Follow yoga or exercise videos on YouTube.
Finish up that project you had left unfinished. Get into a hobby, or cooking or baking.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO IT ALONE.
If you would like to talk, make an appointment. Andrea will be there.
Mental Health information on this site is for your interest only and should not be considered a diagnostic tool. If you are in crisis or experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts please go immediately to your nearest hospital ER.