Isolation is hard! Many are being forced into self isolation here recently with the Covid-19 outbreak reaching its Global Pandemic status. Which is taking its toll on many who are outgoing, fun loving, adventure seeking personality types. While the more introverted people are okay with being at home, people like myself… It is still hard not to be able to go out and get simple things that are essential to one’s live and family.
We are limiting ourselves with physical contact of the outside world, where we once would venture out at least twice to three times a week to do normal errands, we are now limiting ourselves to only once a week if that. My husband started working from home around March the 11th, so we started “Isolation” before a lot of other people in Georgia. His company wanted to see how well the workers would do with a work from home situation before the numbers really started to rise. It went so well they are extending the amount of time that they are working from home while this virus continues on the rise.e
I keep seeing posts of people freaking out about how they have to stay home, about how they are scared to do the homeschool work with their children, scared about how they are going to continue the isolation as things become increasingly worse with the infection rate of the virus. As I read all the posts and I am sure you have too, on many social media outlets, news outlets, or even blogs. I want you to take a deep breath, close your ease, and clear your head for a minute. The more you read about others freaking out, the more your own anxiety will rise, the more you will panic internally. Try not to do this, there is nothing we can do to make things change at this current moment.
If you are at home and practicing proper social distancing you are doing all you can do at this very moment. As hard as it might be, that is the best thing we can do for others at the moment, and for ourselves. If you are religious, you pray, if you are spiritual you find your center and balance, if you are neither of those things you find something to take your mind of the current situation and turn your focus elsewhere. We all have our different ways with coping with stress and matters like this. Do not judge one person for reacting differently than you might in situations. You never know what they are going through, what their beliefs are, or what their family is like at home.
Social distancing is a way to protect others that may not be able to protect themselves. So if you think that this isolation is getting to you and you want to break that, please keep this in mind. Even though you may not get sick, even though you may have been exposed and are fine, that person you came into contact may have someone at home who is not able to fight off the virus for one reason or another. By coming into contact with them you have now compromised the safety of their loved one, and all they wanted to do was get some toilet paper or some food to bring home.
This is not the time to be selfish or want to entertain or idle little minds by looking for something to do outside our homes. This is a time for us to be conscious about the decisions we make and those around us, to be hyper vigilant in our actions and our care for others. If you want to let someone know you are thinking about them or hoping they are okay. Please do not stop by their house. Call them, message them on social media, send a text message, write them a letter, or send them care packages- flowers- gift baskets. There are a lot of ways to communicate with people without ever having to step outside your home and putting yourself or your loved ones at risk.
I cannot say for sure how this is all going to pan out, I don’t even think that the world knows what is going to happen. But in all of this, we cannot forget what it means to be human, to protect ourselves & our loved ones around us, We need to be cautious, vigilant, and aware… Aware of everything around us, aware of our health, aware of our actions, and aware of our words!! This is a time when we need to be thankful for what we have, thankful for those in our lives, even if we can’t socialize like we once did.
Be kind to one another
Until Next Time,