During a COVID-19 Lockdown, a Young Person Is Alone

Many nations implemented tight lockdown regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic that mandated residents stay at home and avoid going to work. Particularly for young individuals, these limitations can have a disastrous effect on mental health. During a COVID-19 lockdown, the current study looked at how loneliness, mood, perceived immune fitness, and COVID-19 symptoms are influenced. Additionally, it assessed whether living alone or with people increases the likelihood of these impacts.

Young people frequently experience loneliness during lockdown because of a lack of social engagement in addition to physical isolation. Teenagers who are creating their identities and discovering a sense of belonging through friendships are especially affected by this.

However, evidence demonstrates that loneliness can be lessened. To get you started, consider these suggestions:

People may experience loneliness as a result of a change in their circumstances, such as losing a loved one or ending a relationship. Moving to a new location might also cause a sense of loneliness.

Finding a pastime you enjoy might facilitate social interaction and relationship development. Think about signing up for a fitness class, book club, or painting class.

In fact, a 2020 study discovered that pursuing interests in hobbies makes it easier to deal with loneliness. Finding others who have similar values, hobbies, and outlooks can also be helpful.

Stress is a normal reaction to a threat that you perceive, and it causes your body to release a rush of hormones and chemicals. The “fight-or-flight” response is what causes you to react swiftly, fight vigorously, or flee quickly, depending on the situation.

On the other hand, sustained, chronic stress can negatively impact your health. It can impair your reproductive and digestive systems, increase your chance of heart attack and stroke, and even rewire your brain, making you more vulnerable to mental health issues. It can also weaken your immune system.

Restrictions on the lockdown affected many facets of daily life, including working, making a livelihood, studying, and relationships. While some individuals were able to adapt, others experienced mental health issues as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Stress, loneliness, and feelings of social isolation are a few of the many causes of depression, a prevalent mental health issue. Additionally, it is connected to variations in the brain’s biology.

Because they have less experience with mental health issues than older people, young people may find it more difficult to manage depression. This is especially true for young adults who live alone.

The study discovered that compared to other groups, those who were young and lived alone had considerably higher rates of anxiety, exhaustion, loneliness, melancholy, PTSD symptoms, and sleep difficulties. They also reported doing less for their health.

These findings are consistent with those of other studies, which discovered that living alone and being young are significant predictors of poor mental health during lockdowns. We must address this matter and offer solutions for those who are living alone during a COVID-19 lockdown. This will be particularly crucial when the lockdowns last for longer periods of time.

Anxiety is a normal response to threats, but it can also be brought on by everyday stressors and traumatic events. Anxiety can cause a great deal of pointless concern and helpless sensations that might not go away on their own.

Additionally, anxiety may have a detrimental effect on your relationships and health. You should visit a medical or mental health expert if your fears are making you feel sad or depressed or if they are creating physical symptoms like headaches, exhaustion, or tense muscles.

A survey was used by researchers from Clare College, Cambridge, to examine how a COVID-19 lockout impacts young people’s health and mood. Their findings indicate that, during a COVID-19 lockdown, those who live alone experience loneliness at a considerably higher rate than those who live with others. Additionally, they discovered that during a lockdown, mood and perceived immunological fitness, both diminish. Positive associations between mood outcomes and activity levels, optimism, and stress management, however, were also discovered.



Tim Dupell has devoted his professional life to providing mental health professionals with the benefit of his knowledge, connections, and enthusiasm.

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Tim Dupell

Tim Dupell has devoted his professional life to providing mental health professionals with the benefit of his knowledge, connections, and enthusiasm.