Coping With Isolation
How Can We Cope with Isolation and Feel Good?
“Roughly half of the more than 2,600 people in Canada with the coronavirus got it from community transmission, marking a fundamental shift in how the virus is spread according to the country’s chief medical health officer.” cbc.ca 3/24/2020
Coping with social isolation, working from home, taking care of school age or younger children and the depressing but constantly present fear of what if I or someone in the family will get the COVID-19. How long can this go on? Judging by the latest medical report above, there is no definite answer. It largely depends on we the people, how well we follow doctors’ orders to stay in isolation and not spread the virus.
The COVID-19 is the greatest medical devastation since the Spanish Flu in 1918 according to medical records. Just think of the people in 1918, the conditions after the war and doctors who were totally helpless against the disease. Many people died but many more survived. Just think how lucky we are. Think of isolation as part of the positives we have over the 1918 tragedy. Furthermore, we have an army of medical experts facing the killer virus themselves helping and curing us. Yes, many people have died but many more have survived and are healthy again.
Sadly 90% of new cases are community spread. Staying home is our duty, and way of survival. Just think. It could be your life, your wife, your husband, your child or parents’ lives we save by staying home. Isolation and social distancing is between life or death. We should also think about the economy, the future may not be too healthy for a while.
The best way to cope with our situation is to stay home and be happy you and yours are not sick. Sit down and with a clear head start planning your daily activities and keep in mind these conditions may be our norm for a while. If you are working from home the work-oriented activity is taking priority.
What works best for my husband and I is that we stick to our routine of getting up at the same time and going to bed at the same time. We follow a regular morning routine. I think it may work for you too.
Start your workday and keep your regular breaks the same as you do at work. Prioritize the rest of your chores. If you have kids at home, you must be very busy. Take only as much work home as you can handle (if any work at all).
Schedule time for yourselves and split the chores. Tempers can flare up under the stress and isolation. Try to be understanding and forgiving.
Plan for down time starting with family time with kids. Connect with family and friends, read a book, set TV times. Make time to exercise. It will help you stay in shape, body and mind. Remember mom, how much you are loved and needed. I have a very effective 15 minutes exercise program for you that is on Healthline. Click here to view the program.
Single Women Living Alone.
Self isolation can be very hard on you. Follow the above ideas and add some more activities, cook and eat healthy. Women don’t always cook for themselves. I know I didn’t. Exercise and take long walks, read books, play music and watch TV. If you are lucky, you have a pet. Pets are great company. Our friend Robin has a cat named Lou. He is a big maine coon. What a character.
When I was single, I use to take luxurious bubble baths with a good book. I have just the bath for you. Go here to see it.
We are battling a world-wide vicious epidemic, facing possible death of our loved ones or our own, but we are all in it together. We will get over this just as people before us got over it in 1918 with very little or no help. It’s time for us to stay home, follow the rules for our own good and think positive. “This too Shall Pass!”
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This is Lou!
He is keeping busy supervising and passing time.