The Psychological Challenges You May Encounter in Self-Isolation

It’s been almost two weeks since Boris Johnson announced that the UK would be in lockdown. Following this, one of the issues debated was that domestic violence would rise.

Many people also begin to experience psychological anxiety and restlessness.

Being alone for long periods of time dose have an impact on people’s mental health.

Allan Gardner is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Practice at UCLan. He tells us about the psychological challenges of staying at home for long periods of time without socialising.

In the face of these psychological pressures, he also gave us some advice.

He said: “ Some news or information on social media can make you more anxious. Try to avoid social media and find some activities that really relax you. You can start doing some exercise at home or in your garden.

At the same time, we need to be aware of some self-harming thoughts, and if you feel depressed, be sure to seek help, such as your GP.”

Sarita Robinson is an expert in Survival Psychology at UCLan. She has written an article talk about how to cope in self-isolation.

She said: “For some people, self-isolation can be a wonderful thing. But for others, being cut off the social distance, or only have a few close family members, is fraught with fear.

“Some people may have trouble in sleeping, feel restless or sad.”

Here she gives some advice help us deal with psychological changes. For example, how to build up your immunity and make your day as normal and regular as possible.

Also, here is the NHS guidance you can follow to take care of your mental health.