Due to COVID-19, we’re all practicing social distancing, and some of you may be under a 14-day quarantine to see if you develop coronavirus symptoms. It’s for our health. So why does it feel so unhealthy? When you’re in self-isolation, it’s easy to develop bad habits. But if you start letting these unhealthy habits take over, your physical well-being and mood are negatively affected, letting you spiral into loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
1. Disconnect From Friends And Family
Social relationships have positive impacts on your behavioral, psychosocial, and physiological health. When you’re lonely and don’t have strong social connections to friends and family, you’re more likely to experience illness or depression. According to a study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, “Adults with cardiovascular disease who were socially isolated had a 2.4 time greater chance of having a cardiac death than an individual with strong social ties.” If you’re in social isolation, it’s easy to feel like you have no connection to your friends and family.