We thank you for your post. Being isolated can be very lonely and can have a big effect on your mood. One thing to remember is to recall what has previously worked for you in the past that helped manage some of your depressive symptoms. Many of those strategies you can still rely on! Although they might need to be tweaked.
A common challenge is that times like these can disrupt routines; people may stop the activities they use to keep well (e.g., exercise, hanging out with friends) and engage in activities that can make things worse (e.g., stop talking to friends and family altogether). It is helpful to be aware if you are engaging in activities that are making your mood worse. It might be helpful to remind yourself that you can handle what you might be going through, and that if you feel you need support, you can reach out to family, friends, colleagues or professionals. Try to designate a few people you would reach out to if you feeling very lonely one day. This might increase likelihood that you reach out.
Also, creating a schedule with your friends and family on regular phone check-ins and video chats might be helpful. This can help you feel like you are still among your close friends, even if from a distance. Remember, social distancing does not mean you should break off all contact from loved ones. Being alone can lead to spending too much time thinking about the current situation, resulting in increased stress and anxiety. It can be helpful to connect with people who are a positive influence when you are feeling stressed.
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