Health

Mental Health in Isolation

For some people, this current lockdown because of Covid-19 has meant time off in our country. Time to spend connecting with loved ones. 

Twenty-one days away from work to focus on other things. Bliss! 

Like that exercising you have been putting off for the last however many years, it feels like you can finally lose all the weight in these 21 days. 

Time to learn a new skill like how to knit and make beautiful scarves for your children in preparation for winter.

It however, means quite the opposite for other people. 

For some people it means a loss of income and the anxiety, sadness or depression that comes with that. 

Some people have a lot of childhood trauma related to being raised in unhealthy and dysfunctional families. 

In these 21 days, they may be forced to spend lockdown with those families. 

Some may be physically isolated from other people because they live on their own. Being alone can be traumatising and triggering for them.

The truth is that being out and about, at work, school or socially interacting with other people may keep a lot of mental health issues controlled or hidden. Being busy protects us from really facing who we are and what issues we are grappling with. In a way, being busy does not allow us to really deal with the pain we carry in our hearts. 

Being forced to face and go through these issues alone can be traumatising. A therapist for instance might provide the tools.

What has been your experience? Share your experience with us.

By Queerwell

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