How COVID-19 Impacted Mental Health After 1 Year
After a Year-Plus of COVID-19, Therapists Share 10 Ways Our Mental Health Has Changed
Isolation and Loneliness
A year into the pandemic, "people are more isolated and lonely than ever before," said therapist Kelly O'Sullivan, LCSW. It's no secret why. "As a part of human nature, we desire and long to be connected to other people, especially those that we love," said Oddesty K. Langham, LPC, a therapist in Alabama. The pandemic has forced many of us to stay away from our friends and family, leading to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and even abandonment.
What to do: There's no perfect fix, but addiction psychiatry specialist Shahla Modir, MD, the chief medical officer at All Points North Lodge, recommended a simple phone call with friends and family. "If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and isolation, a phone call with family or friends for 10 minutes a day can help greatly alleviate some of these feelings," she told POPSUGAR. Plan low-key social engagements, like Zoom calls, outdoor picnics, or bike rides. "It's vitally important to maintain social connection during stressful times," she said.