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I'm really worried about how isolation will affect my mental health. I'm already socially anxious and an introvert, and prefer fictional worlds to the real one. However, I usually am able to tell myself that no, the real world is good, and that I need to focus more on that.

With recent measures, I'm having to stay in a lot more because I'm vulnerable to this virus. Right now I'm making sure I go for walks every day, but eventually that will also be curtailed. I can't see my friends right now, because they're not taking this virus that seriously because none of them have underlying conditions. I'm going to skype them, but it's not the same.

I'm worried my social skills are going to decline a lot while I'm stuck inside, not really speaking to people. I've already become re-obsessed with a TV show I used to love, and when I hear sad songs and stuff it reminds me of sad moments in that show and I feel like I'm grieving?? I feel genuinely sad and have to turn the song off.
It worries me that once this quarantine is over, I might not be able to remove myself from these fictional worlds and it will be difficult for me to get back the confidence I've been building for years. I've built it up so much, being able to chat to people and I really don't want to lose that! I don't want to start off with nothing again.

What can I do to make sure that doesn't happen?
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Just go outside and live your life as normal. That’s what I’m doing, this virus won’t affect me, it will just be a fever or cold at worst.
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Just go outside and live your life as normal. That’s what I’m doing, this virus won’t affect me, it will just be a fever or cold at worst.
But I said I was vulnerable to a more severe case? I can't go out and just live my life as normal
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But I said I was vulnerable to a more severe case? I can't go out and just live my life as normal
Do you have asthma or bronchitis or something?
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Hi,

It's hard to tell how long this virus and self-isolation will go on for and I completely understand how you feel. However, there is small things you can do to not completely isolate yourself. Check in your community if there are over the phone volunteering being set up, this way you can have a set time to call someone else who is feeling isolated or lonely. Try and stay in touch with your friends as much as possible, if you can't go out try and socialise by being on Skype and playing a game with them. Have a set time to watch your programme, once that time is up, switch it off and do some exercise or cleaning. Keep an eye on TSR, even though it isn't the same as real life socialisation talking on here may help keep that confidence up. There also may be online lessons, or groups that you can join.

Its hard to give advice on this but just don't think about what it will be like once this is over too much and keep yourself busy! Good Luck OP x
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I'm really worried about how isolation will affect my mental health. I'm already socially anxious and an introvert, and prefer fictional worlds to the real one. However, I usually am able to tell myself that no, the real world is good, and that I need to focus more on that.

With recent measures, I'm having to stay in a lot more because I'm vulnerable to this virus. Right now I'm making sure I go for walks every day, but eventually that will also be curtailed. I can't see my friends right now, because they're not taking this virus that seriously because none of them have underlying conditions. I'm going to skype them, but it's not the same.

I'm worried my social skills are going to decline a lot while I'm stuck inside, not really speaking to people. I've already become re-obsessed with a TV show I used to love, and when I hear sad songs and stuff it reminds me of sad moments in that show and I feel like I'm grieving?? I feel genuinely sad and have to turn the song off.
It worries me that once this quarantine is over, I might not be able to remove myself from these fictional worlds and it will be difficult for me to get back the confidence I've been building for years. I've built it up so much, being able to chat to people and I really don't want to lose that! I don't want to start off with nothing again.

What can I do to make sure that doesn't happen?
During world war 2, the youth were being called to go to war. All you're being asked to do is sit at home. Grow a spine and stop complaining. This is not Jumanji, you're not going to get stuck in some other world.
The isolation may last a few weeks, or maybe a few months, but you don't lose your social skills in a few months. So stop complaining and do something productive. Keep learning, read books, work on self-confidence, exercise, there are many things you can do.
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