A recent study has been conducted into the psychological impact of quarantine, and how to reduce it.
A lot of it is confirming what a lot of us have been thinking, but the review concluded the typical psychological impacts on people have been acute stress, depression, exhaustion, detachment from others, irritability, insomnia and anxiety.
Sadly, the effect of quarantine has spread across all sectors and industries, and healthcare workers who also reported these symptoms.
However, the study did suggest that younger people may be at more of a risk of quarantine having a longer term impact, assumingly as it poses the biggest change to their day to day life.
The study found that the longer quarantine lasts, with the loss of routine, reduced social interactions and isolation from the world, the greater the risk of psychological impact.
The study summarised the following to help manage the effect on mental health that quarantine imposes;
- Clear communication – is needed around the pandemic and expectations for how long this will go on.
- Address and decrease the stigma around those in quarantine – as those reported they were treated different and with avoidance once their individual quarantine was over.
- Financial concerns – continues to be a big worry for most with the worries of job losses and future employment concerns.
- Sufficient supplies – having sufficient supplies reduces stress for some people
- Have something to do and look forward to – create a new routine, plan something for post quarantine and make plans if you can for your days
- Help lines and access to telehealth – utilise the services available. We’re offering phone, Telehealth and face to face appointments.
Remember, you’re not alone if you’re finding it challenging or difficult during this time, and help is available. Reach out today.