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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are practicing social distancing and quarantining at home to protect themselves and others from the virulent virus. For those living alone, this can mean spending a lengthy amount of time being alone in their apartments or houses.
This can degrade one’s mental health, and it may even lead to increased social isolation and increased risks of serious mental health disorders. In this article, we will talk about the psychological impact of social isolation and some tips on how to make these trying and uncertain times much easier to handle.
What is Social Isolation?
Social Isolation is a state of complete or close to complete lack of interaction or contact from the outside world over a long period. This is quite different from the feeling of loneliness which is a temporary and most often involuntary lack of contact from other members of society.
Humans are inherently social animals. We have evolved to thrive and feel good when around people we trust and socially interact with them. With quarantines taking place all over the world, many people are experiencing less “real” social interaction aside from social media on the internet. However, the lower-income groups of people may not have access to the internet and social media to communicate with their family and friends.
The negative impacts of social isolation have been studied in a variety of different groups from astronauts in space, people sentenced to solitary confinement, to researchers in the frigid Antarctic region. Social isolation can wreak severe havoc on a person’s mental and also physical health. Some of its impacts are as follows:
1. Increased Risk of Depression
Numerous studies have found that social isolation is commonly associated with depression and other mental health disorders. Negative thoughts such as hopelessness and worthlessness can increase in magnitude while being socially isolated.
Social isolation can heavily contribute to anxiety and may even trigger panic attacks, especially during these uncertain times. Without other people to console or talk to, anxious behavior can worsen over time.
Social isolation can negatively impact an individual’s diet, whether it be overeating or the loss of one’s appetite. Sudden gain or loss of weight can be severely damaging to your physical and mental health.
Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much is also associated with social isolation. Irregular sleep schedules can severely impact an individual’s mental state.
Due to having trouble with sleep, a socially isolated individual can feel tired for most of the day and lose any motivation for doing anything productive during the day. If the individual is working at home during the quarantine, this can negatively impact his or her income.
Being in social isolation can increase one’s stress levels tremendously, and this can lead to abuse of substances such as alcohol, medications, nicotine, and even drugs.
Aside from negative mental impacts, social isolation is known to cause muscle aches, pains, and headaches. It can also worsen existing medical conditions. Studies have shown that social isolation is associated with increased risks of heart diseases, high levels of stress hormones, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
Being socially isolated for a lengthy amount of time can lead to deadly situations, as seen above. However, social isolation can be combatted and prevented. Here some of the ways you can stay mentally and physically healthy while in social isolation during the quarantine:
Exercising is one of the best ways to combat the feelings of social isolation. Numerous studies worldwide have found that exercising can help reduce stress levels by a large margin. It helps boosts endorphin production, the feel-good chemicals of our brain and reduce stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. You can safely do workout routines indoors without having to go to the gym.
Maybe you have projects in the past that you’ve put aside. You can use the plentiful time you have at home to continue and maybe even finish them. Keeping yourself busy can help ward off the symptoms of depression due to social isolation.
Relaxation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety. A study in 2019 found that college students who used mobile apps for relaxation such as call to prayer mindfulness for 10 minutes a day experienced being less depressed and anxious. Prayers which is seen as a form of relaxation also helps reduce blood pressure and lower your heart rate.
Maybe it has been a while since your house or apartment had a thorough cleaning. That said, you want to take an hour or two to clean your entire house and get rid of unessential things you may have lying around. You might even find an item you’ve been looking for or discover something nostalgic from the past.
Now that we have ample time for ourselves, it is one of the best times to reflect, read the Quran and pray or learn a new hobby or a language. You can currently find plenty of apps or have Zoom get together. My children are currently engaged in Studying activities (including Islamic studies) online and have to answer questions where they get feedback, they absolutely love it.
We are living in a very scary and uncertain time, with more and more people experiencing social isolation. As humans, we require socialization to maintain a healthy mental and physical state. Therefore, knowing the effects of social isolation and the ways you can prevent them can be really helpful in making your quarantine a lot easier. Sometimes individuals are unable to cope and this is where Sakoon Counselling Services can help.
Read our Self Help guides which cover anxiety and depression
Following on from the Happily Ever After Event, Ayesha Asalm will go through the most important things to do for a better marriage. You will find this one day event a valuable resource covering;
Did you know that even when your marriage has reached breaking point by going to counselling and having the right therpaist you will get your marriage back on track.
Once registered you will be given a questionnare to complete, this will be analysed and your feedback will be disccussed on the day.
Please note places are limited and you will need to purchase your ticket in advance. You will be refused entry if you do not have a valid ticket. For further details Contact Us
She is a qualified and highly experienced Couple and Systemic therapist with over 8 years working with couples, providing educational talks to the community and has received praise for her work in Islamic counselling. You can read all about her by Googling Ayesha Aslam Sakoon.
We currently have more Muslim couples coming to our counselling services and have put together the secrets to a happy marriage.
Marriage for Muslims goes beyond the union of two people who share the same interest and passion. It is a sign of Allah’s greatness and that nothing can destroy a strong marriage if the foundation is built with love, sincerity, and faith.
“And one of His signs is that He created for you, spouses from amongst yourselves so that you might take comfort in them, and He has placed between you, love and mercy.”
(Surah 30, Verse 21)
If you aim to live a happy married life, here are some tips that you can follow:
Marriage life is a blessing. One of the most important tips for happy married life is to recognize that your spouse is God’s gift. When you love someone, you should be thankful for being with them even beyond this lifetime.
2. Be Each Other’s Best Friend
Effective communication between married couples is one of the most important tips for a happy marriage life. As lifetime partners, spouses should be attuned to their partner’s feelings without the need for one person to keep asking what he or she wants.
3. Motivate and Help Your Spouse
Knowing your spouse’s needs can help you encourage your partner to achieve his or personal desires. Does she want to improve her cooking? Help her with her daily taste tests. Does he want to start a business? Be partners in growth and productivity, and bring out each other’s potentials.
4. Have Time For Each Other
Many marriages suffer because of the spouses’ lack of time for each other and their family. If you are a working, married couple, allot few hours of your time to bond with your spouse. This fosters open communication to achieve marital happiness and trust.
5. Maintain Intimacy and Passion
Men and women need physical and emotional satisfaction, especially during the marriage. It is important to know your spouses’ wants and needs so that you can fulfill them. This is crucial for the health of your marriage life. Make an effort to fulfill your spouse’s’ primary needs.
6. Overall Self-Improvement
Married couples often forget to take care of themselves once they start to build a family. One of the most important tips for a happy marriage is the constant self-improvement. This is not limited only to looking good for your spouse but also includes cultivating God-given potentials
7. Give and Take
Arguments are inevitable in marital relationships, but as lifetime partners, spouses should be able to discern each other’s weaknesses. Listen carefully to each other’s woes and stop the urge to constantly defend and argue. Be sensitive to each other’s feelings to be able to resolve disagreements.
8. Be Honest
Whether it is about money problems or worries about infidelity, the communication lines between married couples should be open and transparent. Distrust is a common pitfall of relationships that often stems from the lack of trust of confidence with one’s spouse. Be truthful to minimize marital conflict.
9. “ME” Time
It is important to give married couples opportunities to enjoy their alone time. Let your spouse catch up with his old buddies or visit the salon during the weekend. This way, both can grow as individuals without the stress of constantly fulfilling each other’s needs.
10. Put Allah in the Center of Relationship
An important tip for happy marriage life is managing marital problems by being conscious of Allah. Recognize that relationships have ups and down, and know that Allah placed love and mercy in relationships so that married couples can live life harmoniously together.
11. Win Allah’s Pleasure Together
Marriage is an institution created in order for couples to stay on Allah’s path. This is the foundation where Muslim men and women can build their life together. Help each other to get closer to Allah. Be partners in achieving Allah’s pleasure.
Islam believes that marriage allows people become more physically and mentally sound. Muslim marriages are also seen as a way to acquire spiritual perfection. The above tips for happy marriage life can help married couples achieve eternal happiness having earned Allah’s pleasure together. Marriage is made up of two different people with different interest, so working hard to achieve a harmonious partnership is also a lifetime commitment.
Get ready for an evening full of Entertainment, Glitz & Glamour!!! Exclusive to Ladies only (Girls 10 yrs+)!
Our guest Speaker includes Ayesha Aslam From Sakoon Islamic counselling
She will be discussing Muslim Mental Health, addressing the Stigma associated with it and how you can support the community by sitting their Accredited Counselling Courses
‘Ruislip Muslim Mums & Friends‘ in collaboration with ‘Lahore Fashions UK‘ are excited to invite you to a ‘ Fashion & Entertainment Extravaganza’!
It truly is an evening of empowering women!
In their own way each woman is battling through something or another in their life& we all need opportunities where we can just leave our troubles at the door, let our hair down (literally), glam up and dance the night away.
Sounds like your type of evening? Then just let us entertain You!
Hosted by the very talented Ruby Raza & Kajal from LycaRadio.
Featuring Fashion Statement by ‘Lahore Fashions UK’
Performances by DJ HENNA & MISS MOD (Ministry of Dhol)
Including a three course sit-down dinner.