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Is spending time quarantined bad for your mental health? Show more Show less

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left people who have come into contact with the virus self-isolating to avoid infecting others. As the world's population goes into quarantine, does spending time quarantined lead to negative mental health outcomes?

No, quarantine is not bad for our mental health Show more Show less

There is no reason why people in quarantine can’t devote their time to pursing an activity that will have positive mental health outcomes.
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You can learn a new skill

Learning a new skill has positive mental health outcomes. Quarantines afford people the time to do this.
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Context

Many are using the quarantine period to develop or learn a new skill.

The Argument

Developing new skills can have a positive impact on your mental health. Lifelong learning and education have been linked with increased overall satisfaction and reduced levels of anxiety and depression. Those that continue to develop new skills and abilities into adulthood also have higher levels of self-esteem and are more optimistic.[1] With nothing else to do, many people are using their free time to learn to code, bake, or start a new language learning course. These will all have long-term positive mental health impacts.

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Framing

Premises

[P1] Learning a new skill has positive mental health outcomes. [P2] Quarantine gives people the time to learn new skills. [P3] Therefore, quarantine can have positive impacts on our mental health.

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References

  1. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-learning-and-working-help-improve-your-mental-health/

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