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Impact of COVID-19 induced Self Isolation as a precautionary measure on Psychology and Mental health

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Social distancing can lead to adverse psychological and physiological effects. But there are things you can do to maintain your overall health. Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.

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As social distancing and self-imposed quarantine wear on and more workplaces urge employees to avoid the office, the Covid-19 outbreak has left many people more alone than they’ve been in a long time, or ever. Some are responding by hunkering down into cozy domesticity: baking bread, reading books, taking long baths. Others have begun to fray: FaceTiming with friends is a necessity, not a luxury; the closure of a favorite coffee shop is cause for tears; the walls seem to be closing in.

Even before COVID-19 began its global spread, millions of people were already what researchers consider to be socially isolated—separated from society, with few personal relationships and little communication with the outside world. According to European Union statistics, more than 7 percent of residents say they meet up with friends or relatives less than once a year. Surveys in the UK, meanwhile, show that half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone. Surveys already suggest that many people have felt increasing loneliness since the pandemic began. Researchers are considering both a lack of social stimulation and loneliness-induced stress as possible contributing factors of the isolation that has been induced by the pandemic.

While some people may appreciate the chance to be alone, others have found new ways to stay connected with their social network—behaviors that could provide critical information about how different people cope with the effects of being physically separated from society. For example, “if we’re all putting in lots of extra effort to speak to people, have Skype calls, Zoom calls, message people, are we able to offset some of the negative effects of isolation?” The excessive use of social media and technology has been posing serious problems and are becoming one of the reasons to making the person addicted to the use of social media and other things like that. Life has been becoming problematic and mentally or psychologically unhealthy specifically due to the self isolation induced by Pandemic.

So, in order to make the mental and psychological condition stable and normal it is crucial to first have a health professional on board even during these situations, who is well aware of all the minute details and hence is in a better position to handle such cases. Serene Retreat is one of the leading Addiction and Mental Health Treatment provider based in Malaysia with its branches locally and abroad which is working for the betterment of the people and working on their treatment processes with all the SOPs in practice and continue to bring healthy positive changes in their lifestyles. For more information about our treatment programs you can reach us via Call/Whatsapp +60 14-687 2268 or visit our website www.sereneretreat.com.my.

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