Fear of being isolated, or alone, can be caused by all kinds of things you may have experienced in the past, or simply because you haven’t had to experience it before. In normal circumstances, we have the ability to do something about it, to change how we may be feeling, but how about now?
Due to the current social restrictions, many people both young and old are feeling anxious about the prospect of spending months confined to their homes with minimal human contact, and with good reason! We are a social species, so when human interaction is taken away from us, it’s not easy to change a lifetime habit.
Feeling lonely and isolated can also have a negative impact on our mental health, especially if these feelings last a long time and become a habit. Some research suggests that loneliness is associated with an increased risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.