People across the globe are finding increasingly inventive and productive ways to protect themselves against the psychological risks of isolation.
Ryan Johnson, a student from North Yorkshire, explains how he has recently discovered the art of meditation and how it “helps with all the anxiety and uncertainty” he is experiencing during lockdown.
The student also speaks about his pet dogs and how he uses his spare time to walk and play with them. The benefits of pet ownership for health and wellbeing are well-documented, reducing loneliness and anxiety, lending daily structure, and lifting mood.
An RAF serviceman, who did not want to give his name because of the possible consequences, explains how everyone in the UK is “in the same boat” and that people should make efforts to check up on older relatives, vulnerable family and friends and people you know suffering with mental illnesses, as times like this are especially hard for those groups.
He also said that due to his role in the Royal Air Force he rarely gets to travel home and spend time with his family, so while he is on leave he is enjoying spending quality time with his immediate family.
Borwin Bandelow, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany, said “humans develop into social creatures to survive”, so isolation was an “unnatural state for most”. That meant isolation “can cause some to develop pathological angst conditions”. However, Professor Bandelow’s special study of fear suggests that the long-term negative effects of physical isolation should be considerably lessened by the knowledge that everyone is experiencing them.