Mindfulness & the psychological impacts of quarantine ⬇️
Most studies report negative psychological side effects as a result of self-isolation. It’s inevitable that the next few weeks may become increasingly difficult for a large number of people, and I think it’s important to keep the topic of mental health going.
Acute stress disorders, emotional + behavioural changes, depression, confusion and anger are some of the observations taken during similar quarantining phases in historic virus outbreaks (ie. the 2004 SARS outbreak, MERS 2012, the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic). Emphasised stressors included long quarantine durations, infection fears, inadequate supplies & information, financial loss, and stigma. More definitively the underlying fear of > UNCERTAINTY < that humanity is currently experiencing.
For many, the urge to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms may feel like an undeniable inclination right now.
I want to stress the importance of SELF-AWARENESS at this time. Learn to play a spectator role and observe the detrimental thoughts which may be going through your mind. Unhealthy coping mechanisms can always be replaced with healthier structures & strategies. You’re the one in control.
• Countless scientific studies have highlighted the benefits mindfulness can have with maladaptive tendencies; the urge to avoid, suppress, or over-engage with one's distressing thoughts and emotions (ie. Hayes & Feldman, 2004). Practicing mindful activities may get you out of a negative headspace.
• Move your body in a way that you enjoy. meditate. stretch. walk. paint. play an instrument. read a book. Feel the being of your existence. This is an opportunity for growth.
I highly recommend the book ‘The Untethered Soul’ by Michael Alan Singer. I’m not super spiritual, but this piece of literature taught me things I will never forget and helped pulled me out of a dark time.
I hope this post helped even just 1 person who may be struggling right now. Have a great day :)