Taking care of our mental health needs to stay as a top priority during these especially disruptive and scary times. We first need to check in on our own status to be able to improve it. Through physical distancing, it's easy to become disconnected. But what might start as a simple "I only talked to two people today" can quickly become "I'm not sure the last time I had a real conversation." And that's not great. Social isolation is when we reduce contact with friends, family, or others in society. This can affect our mental health, including our ability to work and stay stable. It prevents us from getting support, and also restricts our ability to help others.
Signs of social isolation include: lack of interest in things that normally interest you, no longer maintaining your own hygiene or the cleanliness of your living space, and disruptions in eating or poor nutrition. We know it's hard to get through this time. Check in and see how you are actually doing. And if the answer is "not really that okay" - please reach out to a friend or loved one. They want to support you, they want you to feel better. #SocialIsolation #PhysicalDistancing #MentalHealth2020 #GradLife #MentalIllnessSupport #PhDBalance #okaytonotbeokay