Isolation is rarely ever good or pleasant, but sometimes isolation is necessary. We tend to self-isolate when we are sick or when we are feeling down or melancholic. The problem is that we weren’t made to be isolated. Humans are social and we need human to human interaction on a regular basis to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Isolation tends to have terrible effects on people physically and mentally.
One of the biggest and most common side-effect of isolation is Loneliness:
Loneliness is one of the most unpleasant and common side-effects of isolation. It can make people more fearful, have negative effects on their self-esteem, and can degrade their ability to socially interact and possibly even affect their ability to empathise with others. It may even affect your physical health by lowerign your immune system, and make you more susceptible to other conditions and illnesses. While not everyone may suffer from hallucinations during isolation, most everyone at some point will feel lonely.
Dealing with loneliness is important. There are a number of ways that people have developed to deal with loneliness:
Acknowledge when you are feeling lonely. Sometimes the feeling creeps up, but admitting you are feeling lonely at any point in your day, week, or month is the first step to understanding you aren’t feeling at your best. When we acknowledge our loneliness, we prevent ourselves from potentially waving it off and ignoring it until it becomes a serious matter.
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