Judy Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University, talks about ways to cope with isolation. The COVID-19 pandemic not only affects our physical health, but also psychological health as a result of social distancing. Working from home and being in isolation without social contact can have serious effects on our mental health. Human beings have evolved to be social; we have an intrinsic need for close contact with others. The practice of social distancing interferes with our usual socialization and may result in feelings of isolation, depression and increased stress. Dr. Moskowitz suggests several strategies in her podcast for coping with the mental health effects of social distancing.
Feature: Evgeni Tcherkasski at Unsplash, Creative Commons