Given the hectic and busy world that we live in, time by yourself is necessary. It is important to take time to engage in self-care, have a weekend in, or take a break from social media and life stressors. While engaging in these activities is beneficial, and oftentimes needed, it’s important that we make space for awareness of the occurrence of isolation. Isolation can be an early warning sign for several that mental health struggles are increasing or about to occur.
An apparent indicator of isolation is decreased socialization. While it is healthy to recognize our own personal energetic boundaries, decreased time talking on the phone, engaging in social media, and spending time with friends and family can indicate isolation. Spending time with others is essential for our overall well-being. We are social creatures at our core, even though we require time to recharge at times. It’s okay to say no to phone calls and social gatherings if we are busy and need time to regain energy. However, if we notice that we are actively avoiding these activities, it can be indication isolation is occurring and increasing.
The average recommended amount of time for sleep is 7 to 8 hours. Depending on overall health and age, it’s a general rule of thumb that can guide us. An increase in sleep is a subtle way that mental health symptoms and isolation can show their increase. If you find yourself saying no to spending time with others, or avoiding gatherings, and spend time napping or laying in bed, an increase in sleep can be an indication that isolation is occurring.
We all have our limits, and it’s common to retreat and spend time alone with stress. It can be a very healthy action that allows us to regain our energy. Oftentimes, irritability can occur when we are mentally and physically fatigued, which can lead to isolation. It’s important to take notice of how we feel. Is the irritability due to stressors that are daily occurrences? Or is it due to a general feeling of being overwhelmed and drained? If the irritability allows for us to make an excuse to isolate, it can be seen as an indication that something bigger is happening.
If you would like to break out of your patterns of isolation, give Tx Harmony Counseling a call at (832) 352-1600 or contact us here.