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Loneliness during quarantine

April 15, 2020

The period in which we are now can certainly be classified as "interesting". As the Chinese curse says: "May you live in interesting times" and in this approach I used the word. In today's post I would like to raise the topic of loneliness. This is a very broad term, and there are many types of this state and its causes. We will take care of this loneliness forced in the age of current epidemiological conditions and their prevention. The world moved "to the network", and with it and work, in areas where it was possible, but unfortunately there are also sectors that have become completely because they require contact with another person, sometimes very close, such as Hairdressing. Subjected to social isolation, this forced, we all experience the effects, a limited number of stimuli, necessary for our proper functioning.

Life-giving stimuli

We are talking here about the movement itself, because our organisms have just been adapted for movement. There is even a theory (considered quite probable in the scientific community) that intelligence in our species develops as body temperature increases (i.e. through movement). Another lack are gods reaching us from the outside world, such as smell, image, sound etc. All this added together creates the first parenthesis in the equation, which may result in Environmental depression, but more about that in a moment. The next, how important part of the equation is the contact with other people. We are, in fact, animals (yes, we occupy the place of primates in the animal kingdom). Our brains perform a number of tasks much better in cooperation with other people than alone, e.g. they discharge the state of nervous tension. In turn, uncharged can lead to the already mentioned environmental depression. At the lack of factors that I described above, especially at this difficult time for us are people, the elderly, the disabled or for some reasons socially excluded. Often, the only form of activity for these people is a visit of grandmothers through their grandchildren, or a visit of a physiotherapist from the Municipal Social Assistance Center to a person paralyzed and bed-bound. That is why it is so important to remember these people now. Get a gesture of goodness and help each other "as much as possible".

A few good tips

American astronaut Scott Kelly recently shared on Twitter his advice on how to deal with social isolation. It seems to me that his advice is very rational and it is worth to follow them, because who if not an astronaut spending long months, thousands of kilometers from our planet in complete solitude has the best experience in this field. Here are some examples of it:

  • It is worth keeping a diary. This introduces discipline in routine planning of our activities. It makes us feel that we operate within our borders, and this has a very positive effect on the sense of security.
  • In addition, he recommended devoting himself to his hobby. It can be DIY, playing an instrument or reading a book - without constantly checking notifications.
  • The astronaut also called for the social media to be used and to connect with his loved ones regularly.

Environmental depression

It occurs as the body's response to adverse environmental factors, and in our case their degradation. There are those who respond better to the current situation, but there are also weaker individuals, such as the aforementioned groups of people who need our support at this time and at least with double strength. My heart really grows when I see all these social campaigns to help various people in need, be it by bringing free meals to our brave medics, or visiting and helping elderly people in their daily duties through young people from Territorial Defense Forces. It's hard for me to pick up positive information in this whole jungle of unfavorable news but such reports make me think "Everything will be alright". We look at the same glass with water but it is only up to us whether we see it half empty or half full.