We are in imposed self-isolation now to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This strategy appears to have had an effect in controlling the spread of the virus. However, there is a secondary harmful effect that social isolation has on the mental health of the nation. Isolation is never good for mental health. Many withdraw in times of illness but sometimes isolation is also the cause of a mental disorder. We, as humans, are social beings and need to be part of a community to feel loved and cared for. Isolation breaks this vital connection down and secondary effects kick in.
The Need For Touch
We are unable to touch each other and touch is a powerful form of communication and bonding behaviour. A baby needs cuddles and this enhances bonding and attachment. Once this is broken, trust becomes a major issue in development. Adults also need to feel connection through touch. Isolation leads to a different lifestyle which breeds disconnectedness. We need community and virtual communication and contact is insufficient to meet this human need for connection. If isolation becomes a pattern for long periods of time then this is difficult to repair. One adjusts to the new normal and remain isolated.
Turn To God In Social Isolation
Churches, pubs, and other social groups provide a setting for social engagement. Families sometimes are too fractious and may be explosive if no outlets are provided. This is a recipe for disaster. Governments have the responsibility to balance the strategy imposed to ensure that extreme actions do not lead to long-term harm. And churches can also provide emotional and spiritual support during these times of stress.
People turn to God for help during crises. It is important that churches and other places of worship are kept open during these times to provide comfort and support. Human contact is important just as air is vital for life. Prayer is a vital strategy to employ to defeat the curse of disease and evil. God always responds to repentant hearts and cries for help.