The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in significant ways. These include the introduction of social isolation and lockdowns in the attempt to inhibit the spread of the virus.

These imposed public health strategies can be particularly difficult for people who live with borderline personality disorder, a condition where emotional difficulties related to issues of abandonment, identity and loneliness are deeply rooted.

Not surprising, articles addressing the emotional impact of living and working in isolation have become regular features in popular media.

While most detail the potential negative impact that solitude can have on emotions, others point out some of the advantages that spending time with yourself can offer.

Here’s one piece from the NY Times that appeared in October of 2019, just before the pandemic erupted. It points out the many mental health benefits you can accrue by incorporating some dedicated “me time” into your new and very different lifestyle. The takeaway message is rather than fearing solitude take the opportunity to embrace it. You just might feel better if you do.

 

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