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The Long and Short Term Effects of Isolation


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Inevitably the world is beginning to return to some sort of normality. After having spent weeks if not for some months in isolation, Aakanksha Tangri the founder of Re:Set shares the possible short and long term side effects and how to combat them.

For many of us, the days are blurring, and time seems like a muddled concept as we stay indoors. Social distancing has also brought with it a myriad of physical and mental challenges. Even accomplishing a simple task can be hard under these circumstances. You can feel overwhelmed as your social feeds are flooded with productive snapshots of people baking, working out, and having virtual get-togethers.

The physical challenges of staying indoors for prolonged periods can range from obesity, particularly an increase in childhood obesity, nutritional deficiencies, and back pain from working from your desk or bed as well as potential issues with eyes from staring at a screen for extended stretches of time.

An increase in exposure to social media platforms where content around fitness and weight loss has surged can also increase issues with body image and spark unhealthy eating habits or exacerbate eating disorders. All of these can have a long-term impact on our body with side-effects which is why it’s important we take steps to stem any physical problems as they arise.

Physical health impacts one’s mental well-being and the uncertainty of the situation we all find ourselves in and self-isolation can trigger mental health challenges such as anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.

Aakanksha Tangri - Founder of ReSet

Aakanksha Tangri the founder of ReSet. Courtesy of ReSet

You can take care of your mental health by incorporating a few self-care tips into your day, including:

. Add meditation into your routine, or simply try breathing deeply for a few moments. This will help regulate your breathing and aid in calming your anxiety and stress levels

. Turn to online therapy or support groups while in-person sessions aren’t possible for further support

. Carve out some me-time where you can and do something that relaxes you, even if it is just enjoying a cup of coffee

. Schedule video chats with friends and family to enjoy a form of social interaction that will help you maintain some semblance of normalcy.

. Practice some form of physical activity, whether that’s dancing, yoga or anything else that catches your fancy

It’s important to remember that everyone has their own way of coping, and there is no right way — you need to do what works best for you and your well-being. Lockdown glow-ups are momentary; your mental and physical health is the priority.

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